Mar 9 2009The Compact Disc Turned 30 Yesterday

30 years of cds.jpg

That's right, March 8th marked the "historic demonstration of the first CD prototype codenamed 'Pinkeltje' on March 8th, 1979." Well congratulations, compact disc, I almost forgot you were still here.

While many would argue that the CD is on its way out in favor of smaller, highly portable MP3 files, the disc has definitely left a lasting mark on the industry. To date, over 3.5 billion audio CD players have been sold alongside 240 billion discs.

Damn -- that's a lot of discs! That's almost a quarter of a trillion dollars. And a trillion dollars, my friends, is how much money I have in the bank. It barely fits! Just sayin', bling bling, money ain't a thing. I'm talking skating rink ice. Ladies?

Compact Disc turns 30, MP3 doesn't bother to send a gift [engadget]

Thanks to Julian, who still buys tapes because he's smart enough to understand that technology comes in cycles.

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But where is my single of right said fred?

Shits wizzzzeak!

The CD sucks and always had! The inventor should be ashamed of himself ;)


Like my co-worker next door, he turned the bog 4-0 this weekend

Ohhhh that nasty bog turning

Its sad to say that i recognize that cd, but the owner did a good thing by tossing his/her Britney Spears cd into the woods!

Next door the other way! I'm not turning 40 for a while. I refuse.

Wow, this article made me try to remember my first CD...
I think it was The Doors.

Now get a job and move out of your parents' basement already!


My first ones were:

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Price - He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
Def Leppard - Hysteria

I got them when I was about 14 (new releases) and I played them on my parent's Sony Discman D-50, that cost like $300:


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max was hired by Otter to burn down his house. Unfortuinately Max figured out Otter was trying to fake his own death, and MAx was the same size.

Guilty as charged! I'm gonna confess, I used to have Britney Spears first album back in 1999. I will never forget that time. I was the only guy in my group of friends who listened to Britney Spears, it was so embarrassing. That was probably the gayest moment of my life.

@ Hannukah Montana: no doubt about it dude, you are definitely teh gey.

Gay isn't listening to it, gay is admitting listening to it...

My first three compact discs were:

1) The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith

2) U2, Zooropa

3) Phil Collins, Both Sides of the Story

Beat that... (cry)

nice thank you

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