What was exactly AOL CDs for? When I was a kid there were these commercials like this one and there were people selling and giving trial CD's at shopping malls. I never actually understood what they were for because my parents had total control of the only computer that was at home. They decided what to install and what not. I was barely allowed to use it so that's why I know nothing of those times. (Now the roles have changed, now I have total control of their computers and tell them what to install and what not. When they ask me anyway, since they don't use computers that much.) So, what they were used for?