Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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The situation is quite different now, WRT the core goal of audio systems...

See, LP is absolutely lacking when it comes to faithful sound reproduction. Cassettes are also severely lacking. There was no good reason to keep using them (except for other factors: like the portability, low price, and ruggedness of walkmans)

But with CD it's not so any more, it has more than good enough quality for human hearing apparatus - you cannot really improve on it. The primary task is complete. Remaining factors are of secondary nature in many cases (or even work against what consumers might want - like this feel of new physical CD in your hand, vs lack of that with digital downloads)

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