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People love the sound of music being played on a vinyl record.  There are so many audiophiles who love collecting vinyl records and even spend a ton of money for that.  But do you know how vinyl records got their start?

Back to 1857 when Edouard-Leon Scott, a French inventor, invented the Phonautograph, which was a device with a vibrating pen would graphically representing sounds onto small paper discs. The Phonautograph was used to help people get a better understanding of how sounds work. Later in 1878, Thomas Edison took this device and created a way to hear the music actually. The device used a stylus to cut grooves into tinfoil in order to record and replay the sounds.

In 1867, Emile Berliner, also an inventor, patented the gramophone – the first vinyl record player which had to be operated by hand and could play seven inch rubber discs. In 1901, the Victor Company introduced a record player named the Red Seal, which could play ten inch vinyl records. 

In 1948, Columbia Records released their 33 ⅓ RPM made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride. It recorded the sound in the grooves in the vinyl. When the record spins, the needle runs along the grooves at the same time passing the information to the electromagnetic head. 

In 1982, Sony invented the compact disc, making vinyl records obsolete. The CD could play the music without the pops and scratchiness of the vinyl so they were easier to carry around than the large records.  Most major labels turned to digital downloads instead of producing records. Although this was popular with the mainstream, DJs and music aficionados still prefered the vinyl record sound. 

Due to the collectibility of the vinyl record, many record labels started to bring back vinyl and sales have been incredible. Some people claim the sound is incomparable if you hear music on vinyl. The fact is that they are back and bigger than ever, no matter what your views are on vinyl records.