Note the similarities between the way "talking machines" were marketed and the way CD-ROM players are marketed today. You can't sell the players without the titles. The difference, of course, is that wax cylinder recordings could be produced for a fraction of what it costs to produce a CD-ROM title and people actually bought wax cylinder recordings. By the way, what do you think of the coincidence that canned food and canned music both became consumer items at roughly the same time?
Sears Catalog - 1908
From the E-Media Telecommunications Archive