The technological marvel of the recent past, Compact Disc (CD) turns 25 tomorrow. Exactly 25 years ago tomorrow, on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the worldâ€™s first compact disc at a Philips factory in Langenhagen, just outside of Hanover, Germany.
The invention of the CD ushered in a technological revolution in the music industry as CDs – with their superior sound quality and scratch free durability – marked the beginning of the shift from analogue to digital music technology. The CD became a catalyst for further innovation in digital entertainment, helping pave the way for the launch of DVD and the current introduction of Blu-ray optical media. Having played a key role in the innovation of digital music, at home and on the move, consumers continue to witness huge advances in entertainment and lifestyle technologies.
Though the CD is well past its prime, the form factor and basic technology saw renewal in the DVD and, later, next-gen formats such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc, and CD’s future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads.The CD still accounts for the majority of the music industry’s recording revenue, but its sales have been in a free-fall since peaking early this decade, in part due to the rise of on-line file-sharing, but also as consumers spend more of their leisure dollars on other entertainment purchases, such as DVDs and video games.
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