Let’s take a look at the birth of the compact disc, which first appeared for sale in February 1983. It was the result of a joint project between Sony of Japan and Philips of the Netherlands. But the roots of the CD go back to 1964 when Philips was working on an experimental video laser disc.
They worked on their video disc until about 1979 when they decided to pursue something called a “D.A.D.”–a digital audio disc. It was a 12 cm plastic disc with digital information stored in microscopic pits. The disc rotated at between 200 and 500 RPM and was read by a laser that moved from the inside out.
Sales for the new compact disc were slow at first but then started to explode by the end of the 80s. It ushered in the most prosperous time ever seen by the recorded music industry. Now? It’s slowly headed towards extinction.
Speaking of technology, yesterday’s post was about a quaint book I found in my music library.