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#166668 - 18th Aug 2007 12:57am CD's: Happy Birthday! ****
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Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany, sparking a global music revolution.

More than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide since then and it remains the dominant format despite the growth in digital downloads.

The CD was jointly developed by Philips and Sony and the disc has also become a key storage method for computer users.

The first CD produced was The Visitors by Abba.

Piet Kramer, who was a member of the optical group at Philips during the disc's development, said: "When Philips teamed up with Sony to develop the CD, our first target was to win over the world for the CD.

Well I have to say, it has to be one of, if not "the", greatest inventions of the 20th century.

And dont forget, this technology and its media is resposinble for distributing masses of things to people all over the planet including these popular formats:

- Audio CD
- VCD
- SVCD
- CD-ROM
- DVD
- DVD-ROM
- SACD
- DVD-A
- CDR
- CDRW
- DVD-R+/-
- DVD-RW+/-
- DVD-RAM
- DVD-ROM
- DL-DVD
- UMD

And its no co-incendence that future formats such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD are the same in both format and size, and manufacturers insist that players should be backward compatible with DC's and DVD's.

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#166679 - 18th Aug 2007 9:49am Re: CD's: Happy Birthday! [Re: MattLFC]
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clap well done philips
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#166681 - 18th Aug 2007 11:13am Re: CD's: Happy Birthday! [Re: BMW Joe]
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And Sony wink

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#166711 - 18th Aug 2007 3:25pm Re: CD's: Happy Birthday! [Re: MattLFC]
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ironic thing is i dont like philips as a brand i would buy, say for a tv etc... dont know wot it is...

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#166713 - 18th Aug 2007 3:26pm Re: CD's: Happy Birthday! [Re: Davey_Martin]
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They were the best for VHS though... well bar JVC of course, but they were better and far more reliable then the likes of Sony and Panasonic, especially in the early days when failiures where commonplace.

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#166773 - 19th Aug 2007 10:51am Happy Birthday CD
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* Compact disc hits 25th birthday *
Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany.
Full story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/1/hi/technology/6950845.stm

Seems like yesterday as I'm so young wink
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#166780 - 19th Aug 2007 11:40am Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: Mark]
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#166790 - 19th Aug 2007 3:44pm Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: BMW Joe]
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you mean they havent been around for ever????? lol
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#166811 - 19th Aug 2007 7:40pm Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: Waddi]
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Originally Posted By: Waddi
you mean they havent been around for ever????? lol


whatever happened to the good old basf c60 or c90 audio cassette.... ah those were the days...... thumbsup
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#166815 - 19th Aug 2007 7:46pm Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: jonah]
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and taping the chart off the radio and getting ready to press the pause/stop button to cut out the presenters voice overs.

whatever happened to minidisk. that could have been great.
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#166817 - 19th Aug 2007 7:49pm Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: Waddi]
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Originally Posted By: Waddi
and taping the chart off the radio and getting ready to press the pause/stop button to cut out the presenters voice overs.


raftl fookin'el yeh remember doin that too, so funny, but how hard was it to time that just right !
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#166822 - 19th Aug 2007 7:53pm Re: Happy Birthday CD [Re: jonah]
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Minidisc is still alive and well... its even better now thanks to a mixture of NetMD and HiMD. It dont have much to do with CD's though.

Its just we in the western world decided not to buy into it and stuck with CD's instead.

Its a pity DCC didnt make it to be honest, but we all know DAT was better anyway hehe.

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