The iconic compact disc turns 25 years old today. The first disc was pressed on this day in 1982 at Philips’ Langenhagen factory, just outside Hanover, Germany. That first disc was “The Visitors” by ABBA and became the forerunner to today’s DVD and latest-generation optical formats such as Blu-ray and HD DVD.
It has opened up the world of digital audio and marked the beginning of the end for analog recording.
“The Compact Disc has proven its significance in bringing the highest quality of music to consumers who wish to enjoy scratch free music. The enormous success of the CD over the last twenty-five years has opened many new opportunities for consumers to make the most of their music at home and on the move,” said Lucas Covers, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Philips Consumer Electronics. “It has played a pivotal role in the shift from analogue music to digital, not least for the DVD as well in music, though moreover in helping lay the foundation for even new technologies such as Blu-ray quality today,” he added.
I think CD’s years may be numbered. Although it will not disappear anytime soon or overnight, it definitely is seeing the end of its days.
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