Timeline of Audio Formats
November 22nd, 2013 by Adam Prattler
Short History of Different Formats to Record Audio
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Recording audio only goes back just over a hundred years, but since a method to store sounds was first invented in 1877, the technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Today, people have access to a variety of different audio formats, including WAV files, MP3 files and more. By looking at the birth of audio recording, it’s easier to see where digital audio may be heading in the future.
The First Recordings
In 1877, the Phonograph cylinder was invented. A year later Edison came out with a slightly improved version that he called the Ediphone – which would eventually become the Dictaphone format to store audio. The gramophone and wire recordings were also used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Once magnetic tape was invented in the 1940s, the act of coming up with new ways to record audio really took off with a burst of new audio formats available. From Tefifon to the vinyl record, a lot of different methods were used to record audio on physical devices.
A Digital World
Thanks to the Internet and modern technology, it’s never been easier to record and replay audio. A myriad of different file types exist. Here’s a look at some of the common audio formats so far in the 21st century.
Audio formats have come a long way over the years. No one is sure where things will go next, but if you want to play MKV files, you’re in luck. It’s easy to get a MKV player online. It will most likely be able to deal with a wide variety of other audio and video formats as well. The future is bright for anyone who loves listening to audio files.
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