During the early 80's, turntables still exist in every household. Boom boxes came yet some still have this old-fashioned gadget and we were one of those people :-) My dad had a turntable and it was even kept after he died in 2001. Actually, even up this time, that gadget is still at my mom's place but will not play anymore.
Right now, turntables still exist but are already upgraded just like the numark ttx direct-drive turntable. You can check sites for this and see the features they added. I now wonder if my late dad's old Beatles collection would still play on this turntable.