Compact Disc Turns 30 Years Old
Happy Birthday, Compact Disc! The cd turned 30 on October 1st. The analog world of vinyl, cassettes and 8 track tapes went digital.
On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street went on sale in Japan. Americans and Europeans had to wait until March 2, 1983 to buy their first cd.
Many people associate Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms with the early era of cd’s. Their seminal work was one of the first cd’s produced from a digital master and then sold in a digital format. The song Money For Nothing was made for digital.
Audiophiles still argue over the sound quality of the cd. Vinyl is technically better as it captures more sounds.
Most people don’t seem to care about sound quality – the mp3 is proof of that. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon helped push along cd sales – though the vinyl version is just as out of this world.
The first cd player was the Sony CDP-101. It was expensive – $674 at the time ($1,609 in 2012 dollars). Sony released about 50 cd’s after Billy Joel’s 52nd Street – a mix of classical, rock and jazz. The marketing assumption was that classical cd’s would sell faster due to the expensive cost of the Sony CDP-101.
The cd’s strong point – digital encoding – lead to its demise. Today, most people store their music on a company or mobile device.
Will cd’s be sold 5 years from now? How many music stores in your neighborhood have closed down or merged with book stores?