The CD celebrates its 30th anniversary – cdfreaks must read!
Myce was called CDFreaks and by far the biggest optical storage community until someone decided to rename it to Myce. So if it’s time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Compact Disc (CD), then we should cover it. The first CD player was released in Japan on the 1st of October 1982. The player went by the name CDP-101 and came with the first commercially available CD, Billy Joel’s 52nd street. The CD was already under development in 1977 in the Philips labs in the Netherlands. At the same time Sony engineers in Japan were developing a similar disc, with different specifications, and fortunately for us they didn’t get in format war but instead joined forces.
The actual size of the CD is also an interesting fact, it’s 12 cm and that’s because the engineers working on the disc insisted that it should be able to contain Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Since the longest version of the 9th in the Philips-owned record company catalogue – Furtwangler’s 1951 Bayreuth Festival recording – was 74 minutes, that became the standard. Interested in more facts and history? Then check out this page on Whathifi.com
5 Comments on The CD celebrates its 30th anniversary – cdfreaks must read!
- Posts: 5351
- Posted on: 02 Oct 12 18:49
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- Posted on: 03 Oct 12 19:45
Now cd players for audio are but a footnote in history.. The transition of cd audio jumped from CDDA audio to mp3 audio being readbac on CDRs.. then the jump to hard drives & flash media in the span of a decade.. 1993 - 2004. There have been several nostalgic looks back at the AUDIO CD.. and for many it was a sad ending for the cassette tape-- we hardly knew thee... CD burner's weren't widespread until the late 1990s (1998 / 99). We all know what happened to the music industry in 1999.. DOH! This predated many portable mp3players but was a good predictor of what was to come.
All aboard the Blu Ray train...!
BTW, I still have some early 2 & 4x audio cdrs that still work :-)
- Posts: 5351
- Posted on: 03 Oct 12 19:50
I can't be sure because it has been years since I hooked them up & tried.
One vehicle I have has a CD & USB but the others are still cassette .
I have & use cassettes for the older vehicles.
- Posts: 724
- Posted on: 04 Oct 12 07:48
CD's were so much better. As long you took care of them anyways. They were a huge step forward.
MP3 is sort of a step back because they have less audio quality.
FLAC isn't too bad.
- Posts: 242
- Posted on: 12 Oct 12 17:36
I say FLAC is great and is here to stay. The drawback is however that most FLAC things, still comes from CDs etc. And not from a higher quality source.
Still good though compared to MP3.
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