In broad terms, the excerpts from “Handbook of the Phonograph” seems to encompass the idea that the preservation of sound is a way of preserving memories, those of past events and/or friends. The appeal of the phonograph as expressed in the text was mainly as source of entertainment, a new exciting activity. The preservation of voices was then appealing in its ability to played back immediately. At the phonograph party guests, for example, would record, and then everyone would listen to the recording. These guests were excited to hear the closeness to which the phonograph repeated everything that was said or played. On a more personal level, there is an appeal in recording oneself and then playing back twenty years later to see how they’ve changed. As well as this, the appeal of preserving voices extends to that of the preservation of memories of loved ones after they die. In today’s society, the appeal of having recordings of yourself and friends is still relevant and practised. Some people have podcasts or create their own music. Today video recordings are very popular ways of sharing experiences and having memories of loved ones. The excitement and novelty of the recording and then playing it back immediately, however, because of advancements in technology and accessibility of this technology, I do not believe is anywhere close that what as highlighted in this text.