Ongoing History Daily: The Dual Disc

For decades, any recording you bought had a side “A” and a side “B.”  Once you finished listening to side “A,” you got up, physically turned over the record and listened to side “B.” 

When CDs came out in late 1982, it seems miraculous that you didn’t have to turn it over after twenty minutes. In 2010, a London-based Japanese designer named Yuri Suzuki thought he found a solution for people who want the richness of vinyl combined with the convenience of the compact disc. He came up with a hybrid, five inches across, with digital material on one side and vinyl grooves on the other.  One side played in a CD player while the other could be cued up on a turntable. 

It was kinda cool in a dual-retro way–but did it catch on? What do you think?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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