The first audiobooks were invented for blind Americans in the 1930s

Long before they were used for music, long playing records (LPs) were used almost exclusively for audiobooks. These audiobooks were distributed to blind Americans in the 1930s and 40s. And in fact, it was effectively illegal for sighted persons to listen to LP audiobooks from 1934 until 1948, due to licensing… » 8/13/14 3:39pm 8/13/14 3:39pm

Inside the Project to Immortalize John Peel’s Record Collection

Before even cassettes became kitsch, we had the vinyl record. One legendary Englishman, John Peel, had more vinyl than just about anyone else. And, as one of the most influential disc jockeys ever to grace the airwaves, he often had them before everyone else. » 6/26/12 8:20pm 6/26/12 8:20pm

How a Tree Trunk Sounds on a Record Player

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, what does it sound like? Well, if you're artists Bartholomäus Traubeck, you just slam the trunk on a record player to find out. » 1/19/12 9:17am 1/19/12 9:17am

June 21, 1948: The First LP Is Released

1948: Columbia Records puts the needle down on history's first successful microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LPs in New York, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it. » 6/21/10 10:40pm 6/21/10 10:40pm

Even On a Tablet, iTunes Can't Compete with Red Vinyl

This candy apple Sophie Madeleine limited edition LP is just oozing with style that no one can digitize. [Sophie Madeleine via boingboing] » 1/26/10 5:40pm 1/26/10 5:40pm

Apple to Indie Labels: iTunes LP Is Out of Your League

With a higher price than regular albums, no lossless audio and virtually no device support, iTunes LP seems like a hard sell. Turns out, it might be lame for musicians too—at least, the ones without platinum records. Updated » 10/08/09 5:20pm 10/08/09 5:20pm

FALTIMA 010 Saves LPs to Just About Anything

The Faltima 010 (we refuse to the the all caps brand name for this article) is not just another record player that can digitize your old LPs. It's a record player that can digitize your old LPs to MP3s and put them on anything. Users can save music to CD, USB devices (the company claims straight to your DAP), and even… » 10/05/07 8:31am 10/05/07 8:31am

Mister Disc, The "Portable" LP Player

Keeping with our tech-from-20-years-ago theme, we present you with Mister Disc. This "miniature" beauty was a portable LP player created by Audio Technics in 1983. It was even battery powered to ensure "on the go" fun. Although fun could not consist of moving or any vibrations in general, otherwise your music would… » 9/24/07 3:45pm 9/24/07 3:45pm