Tag Archives: Compact Disc

Happy 30th Birthday To The CD

Posted by on October 1, 2012

30 years ago today, the first Compact Disc players became commercially available in Japan. At $1,000, they weren’t cheap, and they wouldn’t arrive in the United States for another six months. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, the first album to be released on CD was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street. It took a while for […]

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Dying Format Turns 27

Posted by on October 1, 2009

On this day in 1982, Sony unveiled the CDP-001 to an unsuspecting public. The world’s first compact disc player was a $2,200 behemoth, and the first compact disc available was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street. In today’s dollars, buying a CD would cost you between $33 and $45. The ridiculous price was no object though, as […]

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