Today marks the 30th anniversary of a musical format many of us grew up with: the compact disc. It’s been three decades since the first CD went on sale in Japan. The shiny discs came to dominate music industry sales, but their popularity has faded in the digital age they helped unleash. The CD is just the latest musical format to rise and fall in roughly the same 30-year cycle.
I remember quite well buying my first CD player [though it would have been around 1985], and while I don’t remember which was my first CD, I do recollect that it cam in an obnoxiously lagre cardboard package.
Nowdays, all of my music is on MP3’s. I couldn’t have even conceived of that medium then.