Compact Disc Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Compact Disc Celebrates 30th Anniversary
October 01 21:53 2012 Print This Article

Today, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first compact disc. It was October 1, 1982, when Billy Joel’s “52nd Street” album was released in Japan in this new media format, a few year after its release in vinyl. The CD launch coincided with the release of the first CD player, the Sony CDP-101.

This laser-based format, which was developed jointly by Sony and Philips, promised “perfect sound forever,” with frequency response that covered the entire human hearing range. The CD was also marketed as “virtually zero maintenance” compared to vinyls, with its much-smaller 5-inch diameter, futuristic-looking plastic design, and longer playback minutes at up to 74 minutes without having to flip sides.

Despite criticisms about the “CD-quality sound,” or how CDs sounded “tinny and brittle” compared to the “warmth and fullness” of vinyl, the format took off after a few years. Car manufacturers began to integrate CD players in dashboards, people have replaced portable cassette players with CD-playing counterparts, and homes have ditched the old turntables with stereos that can play CDs.

And as the relevance of CDs is becoming less and less with the introduction of MP3s and other digital formats, we cannot dismiss whether these plastic discs will be off the shelves like cassettes. Besides, the LPs–the ones CDs tried to make obsolete–are still there in the market.

Source: The Next Web and PC Magazine

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