What was the first music recording reproduced for sale in any format?



What was the first music recording that people could go to the shop and buy a copy of? Was it even a gramophone record, or was it some kind of wax cylinder recording?


Posted 2015-02-25T00:25:39.597


Yes. User546 had some nice points. – None – 2019-10-08T23:28:24.970

2I have read that the first commercial phonographs (record players) were sold in furniture stores (and were indeed set in attractive wooden casings that would fit in with your living room furniture). Consequently, the first stores that sold phonographic recordings were the same furniture stores that sold the phonographs. – None – 2015-08-03T02:10:04.917



It would have been an Edison or Columbia wax cylinder, ca. 1895 or so. The first few years of the phonograph were mostly about using it as a dictation machine, so it was sold with blank wax cylinders. (The first surviving cylinder recording of an identifiable piece of music is from about 1888, but it was an amateur "home" recording of a rehearsal at London's Crystal Palace of a Handel oratorio.) Disc recordings don't start until about 1915

Robert Fink

Posted 2015-02-25T00:25:39.597

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Your dates seem to disagree with Wikipedia's Phonograph article. The article mentions mass producing disc phonographs in 1890.

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