Apple’s iPod & Victor’s Gramophone

“It was one hundred and five years ago when the recording industry was born. It was just five years ago when it was reborn,” Terry Gregory writes for Gregoryology.

“It is truly amazing when you compare what happened between the years 1901 and 1903 to what happened between 2001 and 2003. Two hardware manufacturers that not only introduced technological marvels of their day, but both changed how we would listen to music,” Gregory writes.

Gregory writes, “[In 2003], Apple was the only manufacturer of hardware that was distributing music. They knew that in order for this to work, all of the best artists had to be available. This was the same logic Victor used when they signed up all the great operatic stars for their Red Seal series. Even though there were other talking machine manufacturers that were making recordings, none of them committed to the popular artists of the day. Both companies signed the best artists in order to sell more machines.”

There is much, much more in the very interesting full article here.


  1. @j

    I’ll make it easy on you. Take note of the bold word…

    “[In 2003], Apple was the only manufacturer of hardware that was distributing music.”

    He’s talking about the iTunes Store. In 2003 iRiver didn’t distribute music, Sandisk didn’t distribute music, Creative didn’t distribute music…

    Get it?

  2. “there were plenty of mp3 players before the iPod. I don’t get it.”

    Obviously not. sure, there were plenty before, Apple took the mp3 player and reinvented it,becoming the standard. Back at the turn of the 20th century, Tom Edison thought he had a monopoly with his invention, the cylinder phonograph and his catalog of dated (even for its time) music. Along comes E. Berliner and the Victor Co. with thier “platter” style records and a catalog of “name” artists and more adventurous offerings of Jazz and popular music of the day, at a better price to boot…and voila….in a few years Edison hopped on the disc bandwagon (too late, although he did have a technically superior system), but was still stubborn about his catalog… and by the 1920’s was out of the business he himself founded.

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