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The CD Is Now 30 years Old

Published: October 3, 2012

This last Monday it has been thirty years since October 1st 1982, the date in which Sony launched in Japan the first Compact Disk player.

The CD was designed to replace the cassette as the way to store and sell music, and the first album available in the new format was Billy Joel's “52nd Street.”

Later in 1985 Sony and Philips would develop the standard for using the CD to store data for computers, which allowed the creation of the CD-ROM, a CD used as a “read only memory” to distribute software and multimedia applications. The CD-ROMs had enough space to store complete encyclopedias of that time.

The name of the first player was Sony CDP-101 and its price in dollars was of approximately $730.

By ROM Cartridge. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

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