The phonograph was developed as a result of Thomas Edison’s work on two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone. In January 1896, he started the National Phonograph Company after he had bought back the rights to his inventions from businessman Jesse H. Lippincott, who had seen the potential use of the phonograph only in the business field. Edison’s chief competitors abandoned the cylinder market for discs in the early 20th century, and although Edison argued the cylinder had better sound, by 1913 they too were manufacturing disc phonographs.

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