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/innovation/compact-disc-turns-30/index.html?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.