# Happy (?) 30th birthday to the compact disc

by jtbell
Tags: 30th, birthday, compact, disc, happy
 Mentor P: 11,745 The first commercial CD release was 30 years ago yesterday, in Japan: Billy Joel's "52nd Street." http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/28/tech/i...tml?hpt=hp_bn5 I waited two and a half years before buying my first CD player, for prices to come down a bit and a decent amount of my favorite listening material (classical music) to come out on CD. In spring 1985 I bought a Technics CD player for about $300. I think it was the first one to hit that price level. I was living in upstate New York at the time, and made a special trip to New York City to buy that player at J&R Music World, across the street from City Hall. I think my first two CDs were Glenn Gould's then-new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Sony (or was it still CBS then?), and a Sibelius symphony conducted by Neeme Järvi on the Swedish label BIS.  Admin P: 9,489 Happy Birthday lil buddy! The CD is iconic technology for my generation. I will be sad in 10-15 years when it's obsolete.  PF Gold P: 7,363 I have struggled through so many format changes. LPs, the 8-tracks (yes, I did buy some, because 8-track players were available for cars), then cassettes, then CDs... It has been a long road, and I have paid the record companies for multiple formats more times than I care to remember. PF Gold P: 7,120 Happy (?) 30th birthday to the compact disc  Quote by Greg Bernhardt I will be sad in 10-15 years weeks when it's obsolete. Fixed :) P: 1,967  Quote by Pengwuino Fixed :) LOL, that's about the size of it. You never know though, they might hang in there forever surviving on the margins like the floppy drive. Admin P: 9,489  Quote by wuliheron LOL, that's about the size of it. You never know though, they might hang in there forever surviving on the margins like the floppy drive. They still sell them in stores, so it's not obsolete :D Mentor P: 11,837  Quote by turbo I have struggled through so many format changes. LPs, the 8-tracks (yes, I did buy some, because 8-track players were available for cars), then cassettes, then CDs... It has been a long road, and I have paid the record companies for multiple formats more times than I care to remember. Turbo, what media format did you use back in the Neolithic era?  Mentor P: 11,745 I've listened only a few CDs "directly" during the last two years, because I now do all my normal listening using lossless files streamed from my Mac to an Apple TV which is hooked up to the audio/video system in the living room. But I still buy CDs when I can't download the albums in lossless format. Just a couple of days ago I sent off an order for some CDs, in fact. Whenever I want to listen to something from my CD collection, I rip it and load it into iTunes first, and store the ripped CDs in shoeboxes in the closet (for now). Eventually I'll be able to reduce the CD racks that are scattered around the house. I suspect vinyl LPs will last longer than CDs because some people like their sound better, whereas lossless files should sound just like the corresponding CDs if the digital data is converted to analog and played back on the same hardware, e.g. by feeding it into the digital inputs of an A/V receiver. PF Gold P: 7,363  Quote by Drakkith Turbo, what media format did you use back in the Neolithic era? stone tablets Mentor P: 11,837  Quote by turbo stone tablets Excellent. Rock on. Mentor P: 11,745  Quote by turbo stone tablets Something like this, maybe? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d815Ame16fg PF Gold P: 7,363  Quote by jtbell Something like this, maybe? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d815Ame16fg  P: 21 700mb for data storage isnt enough in the age of 500gb hdds. Back when my HDD was 850mb, a CD-R did just fine. I got a 50pack spindle for$4.99 3 years ago, and burned only 10 thus far. DVDs are obsolete as well as you cant even play them in CD players. I am moving to BDs, and as main back-up use a 500gb portable, and am getting a 3TB for $129. In fact, a 25 spindle of BDs is$28.75; but are 5.3 higher capacity than DVDs. As for music, yes, it's all going digital. in 5 years no cars will be sold with CD players.