Today is the 27th birthday of the Compact Disc, and I hate to say it, but I think this medium is getting a little old. Perhaps 27 years in CD time is actually like turning 87 in human time: it had a good go in the beginning, but then a newer medium came along, and now ol' CD is just around when you need it -- to tell you old stories, or to transfer files when you don't have a jump drive.
You might think it's a little early to be talking this way, what with vinyl and cassettes being the "old" medium, but CDs are on their way to joining their outdated friends. Don't get me wrong, I think vinyl is timeless, and I've already ranted about it, but with digital music so readily available, and it costing less than CDs, for the most part, what's the point of buying a shiny disc that's just going to get scratched and then skip while you're trying to enjoy it?
For the most part, you're burning that CD into your computer anyways, right? How else will you add it to your cool iTunes playlists?
I'd like to know who of you out there really like CDs and think they'll be going strong for years to come? Are you a die-hard CD lover, or are you more "meh" about them?
Also, just for fun, check out the list of the first 50 CDs that were issued by Sony on October 1, 1982. And to answer the question of: What's up with that Billy Joel picture?, it was the first CD to be made by Sony. Check out the other 49 after the jump.
Pop Music by CBS/Sony 35DP-1 Billy Joel, 52nd Street 35DP-2 Billy Joel, The Stranger 35DP-3 Boz Scaggs, Middle Man 35DP-4 Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here 35DP-5 Toto, Turn Back 35DP-6 Journey, Escape 35DP-7 Barbra Streisand, Guilty 35DP-8 Weather Report, Night Passage 35DP-9 Al DiMeola / Paco De Lucia / John McLaughlin, Super Guitar Trio Live (One Night In San Francisco 35DP-10 Bob James & Earl Klugh, One On One 35DP-11 Boz Scaggs, Hits! 35DP-12 Toto, Toto IV 35DP-13 Simon & Garfunkel, The Simon & Garfunkel Collection 35DP-14 Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water 35DP-15 Earth, Wind, & Fire, Raise! 35DP-16 Miles Davis, The Man With The Horn 35DP-17 Herbie Hancock Trio with Ron Carter & Tony Williams Japanese Pop Releases by CBS/Sony 35DH-1 Eiichi Otaki, A Long Vacation 35DH-2 Motoharu Sano, Masamichi Sugi, Eiichi Otaki, Niagara Triangle Vol. 2 35DH-3 Seiko Matsuda, Pineapple 35DH-4 Mayumi Itsuka, Koibitoyo 35DH-5 Momoe Yamaguchi, Again Momoe Anato No Komori No Uta 35DH-6 The Candies, The Best 35DH-7 Sadao Watanabe, Orange Express 35DH-8 Kimiko Kasai, Kimiko 35DH-9 Various Artists, New Music Best Hit 38DG-1 The SL, SL Sound In Digital Pop Music by Epic/Sony 358P-1 Julio Iglesias, De Nina A Mujer 358P-2 Michael Jackson, Off The Wall 358P-3 The Nolans, Don’t Love Me Too Hard 358P-4 REO Speedwagon, Hi Infidelity 358P-5 Jeff Beck, There And Back Japanese Domestic Releases by Epic/Sony 358H-1 Channels, Soul Shadows 358H-2 Motoharu Sano, Someday 358H-3 Ippu-Do, Lunatic Menu Classical by CBS/Sony 38DC-1 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Schubert: Symphony No. 8, Maazel / Vienna Philharmonic 38DC-2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Mehta / New York Philharmonic 38DC-3 Mozart: Haffner, Kubelik / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 38DC-4 Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Kubelik / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 38DC-5 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Kubelik / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 38DC-6 Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, Kubelik / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 38DC-7 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Maazel / Cleveland Symphony Orchestra 38DC-8 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Bernstein / New York Philharmonic 38DC-9 Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overturre, Maazel / Vienna Philharmonic 38DC-10 Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Mehta / New York Philharmonic 38DC-11 Stravinsky: Ballet Music, Mehta / New York Philharmonic 38DC-12 Holst: The Planets, Maazel / French National Orchestra 38DC-13 Dvorak: Concerto For Cello, Tsoyoshi Tsutsumi (cello) with Kosler / Czech Philharmonic 38DC-14 Grieg: Piano Concerto, Hiroko Nakamura (piano) with Yuichiro Ohmachi / Tokyo Philharmonic 38DC-15 New Famous Pieces By Chopin, Hiroko Nakamura (piano)