U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 8

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8: THE SPIN ON MUSIC

Profile America — Wednesday, May 8th.  The first disc-type phonograph record was demonstrated publicly this month in 1888.  The invention of Emile Berliner of Washington, D.C. was called a gramophone, and used a flat disc of a spiraling groove to reproduce sound.  Rather than the cylinders of the day.  These proved easier to duplicate for the mass market.  A few years later, Berliner founded the Victor Talking Machine Company.  The era of the disc phonograph record lasted about a century, until replaced by compact discs in the 1980s.  Now, CD sales have fallen from more than $13 billion in 2000 to just over $3 billion, as consumers turn to downloaded digital music.  You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Library of Congress, American Memory
Kane's Famous First Facts, 7006
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1140

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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