Happy 30th Birthday to the Compact Disc

Andrew Everard, writing for What Hi-Fi?, celebrates with a historical retrospective:

Today’s a significant anniversary in the history of recorded music: the world’s first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1st, 1982.

And despite the rearguard action fought by some record companies – and some audiophile reviewers who went into full, barricade-manning denial at the time – it’s still with us as a highly successful medium for recorded music, the antecedent of modern DVDs and Blu-rays and the precursor of today’s digital download trend.

By Autumn 1982 the CD momentum had been building for a while, but it was on October 1st that Sony launched its first player, the CDP–101, along with the first album available on the new format – Billy Joel’s 52nd Street.

I had just turned a year old when the CD debuted.

Before getting my original iPhone in December 2007, I was a CD-buying whore. I bought tons of them at these places called record stores. Of course, being that the iPhone was (and still is) a great iPod, I immediately transitioned to using iTunes to buy music. Not only was the move to digital music super convenient, it also made me feel like one of the cool kids since I hadn’t owned a standalone iPod before then. (The iPhone was my first Apple product, period.) As the saying goes, the rest was history. My CD hoarding came to a screeching halt, and I went digital-only all the way. I still have lots of old CDs (and my Discman) packed away in a box somewhere collecting dust, but I can’t remember the last time I bought one. It feels like ancient history now.

(via Stephen Hackett)