Can you believe it's been 30 years since the CD player was launched? Yes, on October 1, 1982, Sony launched the first CD player in Japan, the CDP-101. It cost the equivalent of $730 at the time -- which would have been about double that today considering inflation.
Prior to the CD player's release, it was the Bee Gees who inaugurated the format.
Do you remember when you got your first CD player or CDs?
I bought Hotel California on the way home that day.
I haven't bought a CD in years, although I was given one by the artist the other day.
Loved that thing . It had a smaller than normal width and NO remote control!
I assume it still works ,it has been boxed up for some 20 years . makes me feel old
If I remember correctly, my first CD was Master of Puppets.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFMT (see Technical Achievements)
Here's an article and photo from Billboard of June 17 and June 19, 1982. The premier date was June 8, 1982. Sorry about the bad rez, that's all I could find.
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I guess I invented the MP3 and iTunes at the same time.......sort of.
"Engineers aren't boring people, we just get excited over boring things".
I got the D-7S in early 1986, and my very first CD to go with it was...Aerosmith's Done With Mirrors, of all things. (I still have the original longbox for that one, with the mirrored art and text, can you believe it?)
Nowadays I rely on a Sony CDP-275CE 5-disc changer for most of my CD needs, but I also have another Sony portable lying around somewhere in case I need it.
The D-5 was a rugged beast, not so much the D-7 which was much more compact but more prone to breakdowns.
Back then (mid 80's) they used to actually repair these things- but the D-7 was so compact the local authorized Sony repair guy couldn't fix it and Sony ended up replacing it under warranty.
My first CD was Sade "Diamond Life (1984)".... still a wonderful CD.
Funny- I can't even recall how many years it's been since I've played a CD, everything gets ripped to MP3 now then stored on my server.
"If we ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space."
That looks very much like my first cd player, a Yamaha CDC 745, that I still have in my rack. It still plays excellent but it has developed a nagging problem where the tray sticks until you reach in and use your fingernail or a knife to push down on the top edge of the tray and it has never been dropped .
I remember going to Rich's, now Macy's back when they still sold electronics and watching the Kenwood rack stereos with the cd facing you and spinning inside a smoked plastic cover. I think they sold for about $1,000 then. I remember being mesmerized by the spinning 51/4 " disc and the sound, ahh the sound.
Actually waited a year or so to buy the recording because I knew I would be buying a CDP soon and did not want to buy it on vinyl and then turn around and replace it on CD.
It is amazing to see this disc form factor has evolved from a disc that could hold 70min of 2ch LPCM audio16bit depth sampled @ 44.1kHz to a disc that can easily hold a 2.5 hour movie in HD resolution with 7.1 lossless audio.
coolest thing EVER!
I've trashed all my CDs players since then. In 1995 I got minidisc and started using those instead of CDs since I could make my own mixes from the CDs I had.
53TB unRAID2--36TB unRAID3--32TB unRAID1a
Hehehe.....I started buying CDs before I bought my first player. I had about 10 titles by the time I bought the player. It was great having several titles to listen to once I bought my player.
Like another poster said, very cool!
I wish I had kept my first player. (getting sentimental in my old age )