Compact Disc(CD) celebrates 25th anniversaryThe 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 world’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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4 Responses to Compact Disc celebrates 25th anniversary

  1. Saakethchandra Muppana says:

    Saaketh here
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  2. gordon says:

    CD’s have disappointed the world in the two areas that they told us they would bring benefits on: price and durability. When they introduced the CD they told us that they would be more or less indestructable… yeah right..they also told us we could expect the price of music to fall dramatically… ha!

    I did a quick search in the UK and found a company offering a 1000 CD’s for something like £500, with cases and printed parts… gives you an idea of the sort of money they’ve been making on them.

  3. webmaster says:

    gordon, there are companies selling CD replication for even less than that… for example. The thing that I think is annoying is that DVD’s which are essentially produced in the same way as CD’s, and the same materials are used for CD replication as they for DVD replication, but they cost so much more, why?

  4. john says:

    Gordon, thanks for the slant on cd replication. I have been in the industry for 10 years and agree. by the way, I notice the website has changed and they mention the vinyl cd card. Do you know how that works?

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