CD Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The marking of 30 years since the death of Elvis Presley was far from the only major music-related anniversary celebrated this week. That’s because Philips, on Aug. 16, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first compact disc.
The CD, co-developed by Philips and Sony, began development in 1979, and the first ever was manufactured, on Aug. 17, 1982, at a plant in Germany. The first CD manufactured was ABBA’s “The Visitors,” and the technology reached the market in early 1983, but it wasn’t until the release of Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” in 1985 that a major hit arrived on CD.
Since 25 years ago, more than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide, according to Philips’ figures, and the technology later led to the development of the DVD, as well as various storage technologies.