CDs have their 25th birthday


25 years ago, 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.

I remember when CDs first came out in Australia that a few of my friends were really against it – poor quality music – too harsh – not tonal like records, they said. Well I thought they sounded great and miles better than records (vinyls for some).

Time ticked on and they quickly abandoned their records in favour of CDs, just like the rest of us. For many, the CD is at the end of it’s life as downloading is the way to go but not for me. I would rather owning the physical item of a CD in better quality, I can always rip it to mp3 later for my iPod. And I am sure that without the CD there would be no DVD (or BluRay or HDdvd)

Anyway, it seems that the CD has recently turned the big 25 years old. Philips has a press release with some old photos and the history of it all – interesting reading.

philips cd presentation

Philips and Sony set up a joint taskforce for CD 1979


Thanks to Benedict , Homemom , Swollen Pickles , DesignOg , Mary , Donalyza for all the comments on previous posts.

2 Responses to “CDs have their 25th birthday”

  1. August 21, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Wow has it been that long? It still seems like it was just 10 years ago.

  2. September 11, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    25? I feel so old…… 😦

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