Today, many people listen to music on phones, computers and mp3 players. In the past, it was much more complicated to listen to and record music.

The gramophone is an old-fashioned device for recording and playing sounds! It was invented in late 19th century and involves recording music on special disks called records.

Gramophones became very popular and people across the globe bought mass-produced records. Over time other recording technologies became more popular (like tapes and CDs), as they had a clearer sound and were easier to use.

Listen to these minutes, which are recorded on types of gramophones. What do they sound like? Do they sound different to more modern recordings?

Minutes in this collection