Sunday, September 25, 2022

The First Commercial CD Came Out 40 Years Ago & You Won’t Guess Which Group It Was

If you are over the age of 30, CD-ROM has become a part of your life. Your music, your video games, your favorite programs… When USB didn’t exist and Internet downloads were impossible, CDs were the only beacon. Today he turns 40.

The first CD-ROM-like technology was invented by James Russell, who worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the US Department of Energy.

He hoped to create a way to store information so that it could be reproduced later, and initially proposed digital protection using photosensitive film. Russell wanted to replace the vinyl record and wanted a device that could operate without actual physical contact.

Its optical digital recording (ODR) received several awards in 1974, although there was no record player in the world until 1980, when Philips and Sony licensed it as a CD-ROM.

Since the idea was shelved after 1974, the world thought it was invented in the mid-1980s, and companies did nothing to discourage the idea. In 1982, the Japanese company Denon developed what we know as the CD-ROM and presented it with Sony at a computer fair in 1984.

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According to Philips and Sony’s description of their specifications, a CD-ROM can hold 650 million bytes. And because of that, it soon became the standard. Leaving vinyl in the background.

In 1989, CD-ROM was standardized with the ISO/IEC 10149 standard and the ECMA-130 standard. Green Paper appeared, tackling CD technology and working to combine audio and data with moving video. This technology was only from Philips.

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Microsoft released the first software in 1987, which was Microsoft Bookshelf. It came on CD-ROM and was followed in 1991 by Commodore Dynamic Total Vision with CD-ROM drive.

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Apple released the Macintosh IIvx with a CD-ROM drive in 1992.And video game makers began using this technology to market their products in 1992.

Over time, transfer speeds increased from 1x to 72x as CAV drives took hold in the 21st century. CD-ROMs quickly became the main mode of distribution of software and video games.

In the early 1990s, the CD-R (for recording) was released, and in 1995, the digital video disc, also known as DVD. 40 years later, it is estimated that approximately 250,000 million CDs have been sold worldwide. And it is still the official form of music in physical form.

By the way, the first two commercial CDs to go on sale were music records. Notably, the album 52Nd Street by American singer and songwriter, Billy Joel; and visitors to the Swedish group, Abba.

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