Long before itunes, Pandora, and even before radio broadcasting, inventors experimented with the idea of music delivery to homes – “piping” music into homes acoustically.
From London’s Musical World, January 6th, 1855:
At the Polytechnic, a band playing in a distant apartment is unheard; but connect the different instruments, by means of thin rods of wood, each with the sounding board of a harp in the lecture theatre, and the music is audible to all as if it were present. The experiments prove, what we have often speculated on, that music might be laid on to the houses of a town from a central source, like gas or water.
If you feel like checking out the article in the original text, you can find it here on page 55.