To paraphrase the Fab Four, it was 30 years ago yesterday that Sony introduced the first CD player.
It wasn’t until 1983, however, that the compact disc entered the public consciousness in a big way, with the unveiling of the new format at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that year. That was when the major record companies started coming aboard and producing something to play on those shiny new CD players that various hardware manufacturers were producing.
Pop & Hiss thought it would be illuminating to share that first report on the advent of the new digital playback technology.
The headline: “Audio Biz Buzzing Over CD.” In the what-goes-around-comes-around department, the opening line of the piece: “Put those 12-inch long-playing albums back on the shelf and get ready for the Compact Disc.”