Philips Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Compact Disc

Tomorrow will the be the day exactly 25 years ago, on August 17, 1982, when Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the world's first compact disc (CD) at a Philips factory in Langenhagen, just outside of Hanover, Germany. The factory belonged to Polygram - the recording company which Philips owned at the time - and the first CD to be manufactured was "The Visitors" by ABBA. The first CDs and CD players - including Philips' CD100 - were introduced in Japan in November, followed by a US and European market introduction in March of 1983.

Philips and Sony originally partnered to develop the CD, setting up a joint engineering task force as early as 1979. The original target storage capacity for a CD was one hour of audio content, and a disc diameter of 115 mm was sufficient for this; however both parties extended the capacity to 74 minutes to accommodate a complete performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. In June 1980, the new standard was proposed by Philips and Sony as the "Red Book" containing all the technical specification for all CD and CD-Rom standards. In the 25 years since the CD was first introduced, over 200 billion have been sold worldwide, enough to circle the earth six times when stacked together.

From here at Neowin, we salute you, Mr. CD!

News source: Press Release at eCoustics

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In the 25 years since the CD was first introduced, over 200 billion have been sold worldwide, enough to circle the earth six times when stacked together

I bet 100 billion of those were AOL Cd's :cheeky:

Happy Birthday, CD! I have brought home nearly 2,000 of you and your buddies over the past 22 years. :D

I bought my first CD player in Oct. 1985 when the prices finally dropped to $200. It was such a cheap POS that you couldn't fast-forward, and it didn't have a display but rather a group of LEDs that indicated which track you were on. My first CD was Communiqué by Dire Straits.

^ I agree with you. CDs will probably be gone very soon because DVDs are very standard these days and HD DVD and Blue Ray will be starting to catch up with the dvd market share very soon too.

I disagree, you can't play a DVD in a CD player. The thing that will eventually replace CDs is digital music downloads and portable digital audio players.

Croquant, I know, but they're quite rare.

Shadrack, I wasn't talking about now, I was talking about what I think will happen in about 4-5 years. Probably vehicles with DVD or blu-ray players will be standard by then.