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Happy 25th birthday to the Compact Disc
Friday August 17th 2007, 4:04 pm
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Today the CD turns 25 years old! On 17 August 1982 the first CD rolled off the production line in Hanover, Germany and began our love affair with this forefather of optical technology.

Here are a list of useful factoids about the humble CD and it’s 25 year history to date:

  • The first CD to be manufactured was “The Visitors” by ABBA.
  • The original target capacity for a CD was one hour. However, this was extended to 74 minutes to accommodate a complete performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
  • In 1985 Dire Straits album “Brothers in Arms” became one of the first fully-digital recordings (DDD) to be brought to market and became the first album to sell more than one million copies (in CD format).
  • Since the first CD was pressed, Phillips estimates more than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide.

The introduction of the CD started a revolution in the music industry. In the early 80’s tapes were being demonized as destroying Vinyl – but clearly the CD was more of a threat to both. Now we are about to embrace Blu-Ray as an optical media standard for storing large amounts of data (hi definition video and data). How long before we shelve the CD in favour of something with more “punch”?

Thank you, Phillips and Sony, for the Compact Disc.

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