The Compact Disc Turns 30 Years Old

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The Compact Disc turns 30 years old Monday, October 1. According to CNN, the first CD featured six-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel's sixth album "52nd Street." The album released in 1982. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Compact Disc turns 30 years old Monday, October 1.

According to CNN, the first CD featured six-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel's sixth album "52nd Street." The album released in 1982.

CNN points out that "in the 30 years since, hundreds of billions of CDs have been sold, Joel has stopped recording pop music and the music industry has moved on to the next hot medium."

On this same day in history, the CD player was released. In 1982, United Press International called the contraption a "new digital record player using laser beams."

The CD's arrival came after the vinyl record and the compact cassette. In fact, according to The Next Web, producers "opted for the name 'Compact Disc' because it was in line with another Philips offering, the compact cassette."

The new generation continues to move its music to the deemed "cloud" and digital formats. What's next?

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