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Phonograph, the first device for recording and reproducing sound, was invented by Thomas Edison and introduced on November 21, 1877.
The first phonograph recorded on tinfoil around a grooved cylinder. Despite its limited sound quality and that the recordings could be played only a few times, the phonograph made Edison a celebrity.