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Happy 25th Birthday, compact disc!

Evan Blass
08.16.07
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Has it really been a quarter-century since the first compact disc was pressed, finally freeing us from the infernal routine of rewinding our mix tapes? Well sure enough, Philips was kind enough to inform us that its very first CD rolled off the production lines on August 17th, 1982, which history will forever remember -- perhaps unfortunately -- as a copy of ABBA's The Visitors. Nonetheless, this first widely-produced optical disc format would end up changing our lives forever, ushering in the era of lossless copies, easy music sharing, and an unwanted little friend we've come to know as DRM. Now with some 200 billion discs having been sold worldwide -- and probably twice as many distributed gratis by AOL in its dial-up heyday -- it would seem that the original shiny little platter is unquestionably in its golden years, with more convenient or capacious formats replacing it on almost every front. So Philips, the readers and editors of Engadget are proud to join you in saluting the revolutionary product you helped pioneer -- and also offer our condolences that things, um, haven't worked out quite so well for you in the transition to MP3. If you want to learn some of our (mostly embarrassing) first albums on disc, keep reading after the break...



Peter - Joy Division, "Substance"
Ryan - Beatles, "Help"
Evan - Billy Joel, "Greatest Hits Volumes 1 and 2"
Chris - Peter Gabriel, "So"
Paul - The O.C. Supertones, "Chase the Sun"
Don - Metallica, "Metallica"
Thomas - Mötley Crüe, "Theatre of Pain"
Joshua - The Dickies, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space"
Nilay - New Order, "Substance"

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