Facts About the Compact Disc, Pt 1
29 Jan 2015
Some things you may not have known about the ubiquitous CD:
The first CDs rolled off the manufacturing line of a factory in Hanover, West Germany, on August 17, 1982. The first discs off the line seem to have been a recording of Alpensymphonie, Op. 64: Sonnenaugang by the Berliner Philharmonic conducted by Herbert Von Karajan and The Visitor by ABBA.
The first consumer CD player was the Sony CDP-101, which was released in Japan on October 1, 1982, the same day CDs first went on sale in that country. The pricetag? $900.
“Compact disc” was just one of a number of names considered for the new technology. Other possibilities included CompactRack, MiniRack and MiniDisc. Why “compact disc?” To complement co-developer Philips’ earlier invention, the compact cassette (or just “cassette” to most of us.)Back to Blog List