There was a day, within the lifetimes of those among us, when there were no video games, no Internets, no Blue Ray, no DVRs, no FIOS, no Satellite TV, no DVD's, no VCR's, no cable, no broadcast TV, no Cd's, no MTV, no cassette tapes, no 8-tracks, no LP's no 45's, no 78's, no XM radio, no FM radio, no radio, period.
In that day, the upright piano was the state-of-the-art in home entertainment technology. In 1909, over 350,000 pianos were manufactured in the United States. That's almost six times as many as in 2007, in a country with one-third the population. The age of the piano came and went. It, along with its partners the sheet music industry and the professional piano tuner, succumbed to the radio the gramophone, television, etc.