The age of music spans as long as humans have existed, at least. The history of recorded music, however, is much more recent. Before music was available in medium, the only way to consume it was to listen to a live concert, or make it yourself.
The History of Recorded Music
July 1877, Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonogram
Emile Berliner invents the gramophone
Magnetic tape recording is invented.
Columbia Records introduces the LP (Vinyl Records)
Philips introduces the cassette tape
8 track tapes become a popular form of recorded music
Sony introduces the Walkman
The Compact Disc (CD) and related players debut
The CD-R (recordable) enters the market
MP3 standard published
Napster’s initial release
Apple release’s the iPod
Apple launches iTunes store
Spotify is launched