One of the oldest known music recordings ever made, English composer Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, was played from Thomas Edison’s phonograph at a press conference in London, England on 14th August 1888.
The oldest known recording of human voice is of someone singing “Au clair de la lune”, a French folk song, on de Martinville’s phonautograph.
Edison had announced the phonograph on 21st November 1877.
The first song released exclusively on iTunes that hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #22 was "Across the Universe". This was in March 2005, a little less than 2 years after the launch of the online music store. [more...]