On October 1, 1982, the first commercial compact disc, Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” was released in Japan. Since then billions of shiny discs have filled shelves, littered the floors of cars, spun blindingly from rear view mirrors, and spun countless hours inside CD players.
Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about CD; I hate it but also accept that for the moment it is almost always the best option from a quality standpoint. That isn’t because it sounds perfect, it just sounds so much better than MP3. DVD-A is pretty much dead, SACD and Hi-Res FLAC see far too few releases, and the format that should be champion, Blu-ray refuses to become a serious player.
So let’s raise a glass to the CD, not because we should celebrate it but simply because I need a reason to drink today… To my frenemy the CD, I hope you live long enough for the public to finally see just how much they miss when listening to MP3.
How many CD’s do you own? I stopped counting when I hit 1k.