Items tagged with Compact Disc

The CD is said to be dying. On Saturday, April 23, the man many credit as the "father of the CD," Norio Ohga, died as well, at the age of 81. Former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sony, Norio Ohga has been credited with leading the effort to develop the CD, or compact disc. He was president and chairman of Sony from 1982 to 1995. He stepped down as president in 1995, but remained chairman until 2003. Born January 29, 1930, Norio Ohga graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1953 and Berlin University of the Arts in 1957. An aspiring opera singer, and it was that aspiration... Read more...
These technology birthdays are always up for debate -- are we basing birthdays on the first prototype? The first shipping product? The first patent application? What? There's also no governmental agency to decide upon these highly important matters, so unfortunately, we're at the mercy of the party planners.On the plus side, this chaos usually leads to more celebrations than usual, and that's exactly what we're seeing here. If you'll recall, we actually celebrated the 25th birthday of the Compact Disc in 2007, so obviously, celebrating its 30th in 2009 just seems a bit odd. Turns out, the 25th... Read more...
Hard to believe it's been that long isn't it? Or maybe that's not quite right.  With the iPod and other MP3 players, along digital music downloads, perhaps the "Golden Age" of the CD is over, just as it reaches its 25th birthday. It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany. An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as Compact Discs, a product that turns 25 years old on Friday and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital... Read more...