Most of the technologies that we have used in the past have been eclipsed by the remarkable technology that we use today.
Betamax was developed by Sony in 1975, a year before the ultimately more popular VHS format was invented as a response to Sonyâ€™s attempt to control the format of the industry.
Invented by JVC, VHS was the predominant video format by the 1980â€™s, despite what some argued was the technical superiority of the Betamax format.
Laser Disc Players
Initiallyas Discovisional, laser discs were the format choice of tech enthusiasts who had the money to put together a collection until the DVD format came out.
The phonograph, or gramophone, was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877 and was on the mass market by the turn of the century. The gramophone was replaced by the considerably less bulkyin the latter half of the twentieth century.
Record players are still in use in DJ booths,studios, and radio stations all over the world.
Reel to Reel
The first tape recorders were reel to reel and were the preferred technology for professional sound designers until digital formats rendered them obsolete.
These devices were considerably less bulky then their reel to reel ancestors, and were used mostly for transcription
Transistor radios typically only picked up on the AM band and were a ubiquitous sight in schools and businesses in the seventies.