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(USA Today)   Sing happy 40th birthday to the compact disc ...you know those little disky round things that played music for your parents   (ftw.usatoday.com) divider line
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2022-08-18 12:57:03 PM  
Well ACKSHUALLEEEEE... this is Fark, so most of us remember when CDs first came out.
 
2022-08-18 1:40:48 PM  
I think I was 10 when my older sister got CD player for Christmas.  She got Joshua Tree to go with it as one would in 1987.  We all sat around and talked about how much better it sounded than her existing vinyl copy.
 
yms
2022-08-18 1:48:18 PM  
Switched back exclusively to CD a few years ago when the hipster, fetishists and speculators farked the price of vinyl almost overnight. Couldn't afford to play that game any more.
 
2022-08-18 1:50:34 PM  
I remember hearing "You can sling one down a paved road, and it will still play!"
 
2022-08-18 1:53:37 PM  
"Those things in your house that can still play your parents' music while you are waiting for the wifi to return so that you can play yours."
 
2022-08-18 1:54:32 PM  

yms: Switched back exclusively to CD a few years ago when the hipster, fetishists and speculators farked the price of vinyl almost overnight. Couldn't afford to play that game any more.


Lossless streaming?

Just wondering why you'd go back to a physical format

//and agree on vinyl - when I started collecting 25+ years ago it was reasonable, now it's crazy prices
 
2022-08-18 1:55:27 PM  
I remember our parents friend, who was an early adopter, had one at Thanksgiving that year. He also had one of the 3 available recordings on CD which we listened to all day and night. The way he was talking about the indestructibility of CDs, you'd think they were made of titanium. The price I'd have to pay for a new Flim and the Bee Bees CD after I scratched it, you'd be certain they were.
 
2022-08-18 1:55:34 PM  
I have no idea what happened to my hundreds of CDs, oxen were needed to tote the carrying cases. I'd probably remember pitching them so they must be in a storage locker or over at my dad's place in the garage. Thousands and thousands of dollars and they're essentially obsolete.
 
2022-08-18 1:59:47 PM  
I'm just trying to process how CDs have existed longer than I've been alive, and yet it wasn't until my 16th birthday that I was finally able to get a CD player.
 
2022-08-18 2:04:52 PM  
Few formats have has such an immediate success and replaced an older technology as quickly like CDs did. DVD is the only other one I can think of. Actually, CD sales went up from 40.16 million units in 2020 to 42 million in 2022. while small compared to the height of the format (when everyone was running out and replacing their vinyl collection) its still not bad for what has become a nice and collectors market. plus...you don't have to worry about losing your music to the whims of streaming availability.

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2022-08-18 2:05:27 PM  
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2022-08-18 2:06:09 PM  
CDs were a great format until this happened

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2022-08-18 2:06:20 PM  
I went from tape to MP3.  CD was nice for quality, but my musical tastes had set and CD was useless in portable applications anyway.

By the time my tapes were worn out by my Walkman, mp3 had arrived.  CDs didn't stay relevant for all that long.
 
2022-08-18 2:07:00 PM  
"Men in Black" White Album joke
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2022-08-18 2:08:27 PM  

dennysgod: [Fark user image 850x469]


I knew this would happen. If I hadn't previewed it we might have simul-posted.
 
2022-08-18 2:09:20 PM  
You kids and your cassettes and CDs will never remember...

(click)

...the joys of 8-track.
 
2022-08-18 2:10:09 PM  

SBinRR: I remember hearing "You can sling one down a paved road, and it will still play!"


I even remember the song playing when we discovered that was a lie.
 
2022-08-18 2:12:01 PM  
I will never ever stop listening to CDs. I hate Pandora, Spotify, etc. 'cause I refuse to pay a monthly fee but I also hate the non-stop ads every 2-3 songs if I stream free. Both our cars have CD players and I will be damned if I will ever buy a car without one. Yeah, I'm old (turned 68 today) and have lived through vinyl (both 33 1/3 and 45 and even some 78!), cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs, and streaming/downloads. Vastly prefer CDs. Granted, finding decent players gets more difficult every year. Currently have two with one of those a JVC "backup" if my Technics craps out on me.
 
2022-08-18 2:15:31 PM  

Snapper Carr: CDs were a great format until this happened

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Not sure how that's really related to the format.
 
2022-08-18 2:19:28 PM  
Oh, like those drink coasters that America On-Line mailed us regularly?
 
2022-08-18 2:19:58 PM  
I used to have about 150 CDs. Gave most of them to my daughters several years ago to sell. I think they got about $200 for them. Really wish I had kept them now.
 
2022-08-18 2:20:55 PM  

WoodyHayes: I have no idea what happened to my hundreds of CDs, oxen were needed to tote the carrying cases. I'd probably remember pitching them so they must be in a storage locker or over at my dad's place in the garage. Thousands and thousands of dollars and they're essentially obsolete.


Got rid of all mine some years ago, and I had a huge collection. I worked for a few years at a Tower Records, which boosted the size of my collection quite a bit. But then - around 2000/2001 - I got one of these:

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And once I got a taste of music copied to sweet, sweet flash memory I never wanted to go back. Ended up buying a jacket to sew that MP3 player into the inside of, with headphones hidden inside the collar. At that point I started phasing out burning MP3's to CD's, and just using HDD's and flash memory to store my MP3's. And by then I'd already stopped using regular audio CD's to do anything but use once to rip down to MP3's to begin with.

So by the time I got rid of all my old CD's they'd just been sitting in a box in a crawlspace for like a decade and half already. I was tired of moving them.

Though I still remember the first two CD's I bought - with bday and holiday money I'd been saving up for something special: Sting - Nothing like the Sun & Paul Simon - Graceland.
 
2022-08-18 2:22:32 PM  
Jokes on you submitter, I'm old enough to have had a tape deck in my first (and 2nd, and 3rd) car. I pulled it out and replaced it with a CD player, but it was there when I got it.

I am fortunate enough to have digitized most of my CDs many years ago, so even if the format isn't ideal, I still own the music I bought as a teenager/young adult. This is doubly good, as I think I threw almost all of my CDs out 7 or 8 years ago when I was moving stuff from my old car to my new car, and realized that my CDs had fused with the sleeves of my CD magazine.
 
2022-08-18 2:23:36 PM  
I still listen to music on wax cylinders. Get on my level.
 
2022-08-18 2:23:41 PM  

debug: Snapper Carr: CDs were a great format until this happened

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Not sure how that's really related to the format.


Maximum amplitude is limited by technology on vinyl and tape.  With digital formats, other methods can be used to push the loudness much higher than previously possible.
 
2022-08-18 2:25:07 PM  

BrianGriffin: Yeah, I'm old (turned 68 today)...


Assuming that you make it to 69, you owe it to your inner teenager to do a 69 on this day next year. Imagine how let down young you would be if you didn't.

Happy birthday!
 
2022-08-18 2:27:13 PM  

Dorf11: You kids and your cassettes and CDs will never remember...

(click)

...the joys of 8-track.


You would know exactly where the 'fade out" (click) "fade in" breaks were. Like it was a part of the song and ALMOST miss it when the same song was on the radio.
 
2022-08-18 2:27:32 PM  

fatassbastard: Well ACKSHUALLEEEEE... this is Fark, so most of us remember when CDs first came out.


For subby:

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We old, ya'll.
 
2022-08-18 2:30:04 PM  
Little round things that played music for my parents?

Joke's on you, subby, I'm older than my parents...
 
2022-08-18 2:36:10 PM  

Snapper Carr: CDs were a great format until this happened

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I've always thought that Sony/Phillips made a huge mistake in using linear amplitude instead of a logarithmic scale (like phones had been using for a decade earlier).  Probably would have been a disaster during the loudness wars.
 
2022-08-18 2:37:48 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: I still listen to music on wax cylinders. Get on my level.


I only like live performances so I kidnap musicians and keep them in my basement to perform their hits.
 
2022-08-18 2:38:22 PM  
I still buy CDs and SACDs because I still listen to music on surround sound system with floor-standing speakers. (I have Spotify which I can stream on my system, but the sound quality is not always great on loud speakers.
 
2022-08-18 2:40:28 PM  
2,815 CD's currently. I did not join the CD craze until 1994 and only did after I suffered a basement flood in 1993 which wiped out 800+ vinyl albums. I guess I am part of the generation where I like I having a physical copy of an album with liner notes no matter how small they are in the CD case. Today's commute music is Mahogany Rush IV.
 
2022-08-18 2:42:18 PM  

yms: Switched back exclusively to CD a few years ago when the hipster, fetishists and speculators farked the price of vinyl almost overnight. Couldn't afford to play that game any more.


The dynamic range and overall sound quality of vinyl is trash compared to a well-mastered CD anyway.

And Hi-Res streaming just blows both away (assuming you have a good way to output Hi-Res).
 
2022-08-18 2:47:06 PM  

mongbiohazard: WoodyHayes: I have no idea what happened to my hundreds of CDs, oxen were needed to tote the carrying cases. I'd probably remember pitching them so they must be in a storage locker or over at my dad's place in the garage. Thousands and thousands of dollars and they're essentially obsolete.

Got rid of all mine some years ago, and I had a huge collection. I worked for a few years at a Tower Records, which boosted the size of my collection quite a bit. But then - around 2000/2001 - I got one of these:

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And once I got a taste of music copied to sweet, sweet flash memory I never wanted to go back. Ended up buying a jacket to sew that MP3 player into the inside of, with headphones hidden inside the collar. At that point I started phasing out burning MP3's to CD's, and just using HDD's and flash memory to store my MP3's. And by then I'd already stopped using regular audio CD's to do anything but use once to rip down to MP3's to begin with.

So by the time I got rid of all my old CD's they'd just been sitting in a box in a crawlspace for like a decade and half already. I was tired of moving them.

Though I still remember the first two CD's I bought - with bday and holiday money I'd been saving up for something special: Sting - Nothing like the Sun & Paul Simon - Graceland.


I think we had the same mindset, though we arrived at it through different methods. I just downloaded all of my music through torrents which I then put on my iPod, I don't think I got one until 2005 or so however.
 
2022-08-18 2:54:27 PM  
those little disky round things that played music for your parents?

45s?
 
yms
2022-08-18 3:03:04 PM  

swankywanky: yms: Switched back exclusively to CD a few years ago when the hipster, fetishists and speculators farked the price of vinyl almost overnight. Couldn't afford to play that game any more.

Lossless streaming?

Just wondering why you'd go back to a physical format

//and agree on vinyl - when I started collecting 25+ years ago it was reasonable, now it's crazy prices


I have tried streaming in the past but I like having the physical media in my hand. I was born in 1976 and have probably been buying music in one format or another since the early 80s.
Also a reasonable proportion of the music that I listen to won't be on streaming platforms and if it is I don't want to be at the mercy of a system that could quite easily pull artist x, y or z at the drop of a hat from their servers.
To put it bluntly I am now what I would consider "old fashioned".
Still got hundreds of records left in the loft, if only I could be arsed to getting round to starting selling again....
 
2022-08-18 3:09:36 PM  
I was a 6 month embryo/fetus on Aug, 1982.
 
2022-08-18 3:12:10 PM  
Buy a CD, rip to an MP3, and you don't have to be beholden to a streaming service.

/same for movies
 
2022-08-18 3:12:41 PM  
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2022-08-18 3:12:58 PM  
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Don't get me started.
 
2022-08-18 3:14:07 PM  
CDs are a pretty good format. They are the last good audio format, far superior to vinyl when the audio recorded to them is properly mixed and mastered (loudness wars, etc).

That said, I am pretty happy with streaming audio. The quality is good enough - realistically I'm rarely listening on the good speakers and when I do, I don't really notice the difference.

And more than anything else, having nearly the entire catalog of most popular musicians is just kinda, you know, game breaking. I have hundreds of CDs, but being able to listen to whatever at good quality (not CD quality) is just amazing. I have discovered a lot of artists, and also discovered completely different facets of artists I know.
 
2022-08-18 3:14:24 PM  

cocozilla: Few formats have has such an immediate success and replaced an older technology as quickly like CDs did. DVD is the only other one I can think of. Actually, CD sales went up from 40.16 million units in 2020 to 42 million in 2022. while small compared to the height of the format (when everyone was running out and replacing their vinyl collection) its still not bad for what has become a nice and collectors market. plus...you don't have to worry about losing your music to the whims of streaming availability.

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What, no 8-track?!
 
2022-08-18 3:29:15 PM  

schubie: the indestructibility of CDs


CD rot is real.  Years ago I undertook the project of ripping all of my CDs, and I was shocked at how many were unplayable with those little rot spots all over them.
 
2022-08-18 3:29:37 PM  

WoodyHayes: mongbiohazard: WoodyHayes: I have no idea what happened to my hundreds of CDs, oxen were needed to tote the carrying cases. I'd probably remember pitching them so they must be in a storage locker or over at my dad's place in the garage. Thousands and thousands of dollars and they're essentially obsolete.

Got rid of all mine some years ago, and I had a huge collection. I worked for a few years at a Tower Records, which boosted the size of my collection quite a bit. But then - around 2000/2001 - I got one of these:

[Fark user image 425x425]

And once I got a taste of music copied to sweet, sweet flash memory I never wanted to go back. Ended up buying a jacket to sew that MP3 player into the inside of, with headphones hidden inside the collar. At that point I started phasing out burning MP3's to CD's, and just using HDD's and flash memory to store my MP3's. And by then I'd already stopped using regular audio CD's to do anything but use once to rip down to MP3's to begin with.

So by the time I got rid of all my old CD's they'd just been sitting in a box in a crawlspace for like a decade and half already. I was tired of moving them.

Though I still remember the first two CD's I bought - with bday and holiday money I'd been saving up for something special: Sting - Nothing like the Sun & Paul Simon - Graceland.

I think we had the same mindset, though we arrived at it through different methods. I just downloaded all of my music through torrents which I then put on my iPod, I don't think I got one until 2005 or so however.


I was there on Napster and Limewire, right from the start. Plus I got a lot of MP3's from LAN parties too.

Mostly what I got was stuff I already had on CD! It's what I was listening to, and back in those days it was usually easier to DL albums someone had ripped rather than rip them yourself. Ripping was slower back then - computers and drives were slower - and prone to more errors than now too. It was easy to just cue them up and let them DL overnight rather than struggling with slowly converting hundreds of CD's myself.
 
2022-08-18 3:33:17 PM  

mcnguyen: CD rot is real.  Years ago I undertook the project of ripping all of my CDs, and I was shocked at how many were unplayable with those little rot spots all over them.


CD rot is supposed to be limited to discs made by PDO.  They had a problem in the manufacturing process.

You can flip the disc over and look for "MADE BY PDO" on the bottom near the inner ring.

If you have discs that are not made by them and they are rotting, then that is something to worry about.  I have seen some people complain of rot, but when I looked at the disc they had scratched the top surface and essentially ruined the disc.  Not saying that's the case with you, if you took care of your discs and they are rotting that would be a pretty big problem.
 
2022-08-18 3:44:19 PM  

debug: Snapper Carr: CDs were a great format until this happened

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Not sure how that's really related to the format.


Because that's the consumer experience with the format. You go into a store and buy a "CD", you get

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2022-08-18 3:48:11 PM  

Glitchwerks: mcnguyen: CD rot is real.  Years ago I undertook the project of ripping all of my CDs, and I was shocked at how many were unplayable with those little rot spots all over them.

CD rot is supposed to be limited to discs made by PDO.  They had a problem in the manufacturing process.

You can flip the disc over and look for "MADE BY PDO" on the bottom near the inner ring.

If you have discs that are not made by them and they are rotting, then that is something to worry about.  I have seen some people complain of rot, but when I looked at the disc they had scratched the top surface and essentially ruined the disc.  Not saying that's the case with you, if you took care of your discs and they are rotting that would be a pretty big problem.


I don't think I took care of them that well.  They were indestructible!
 
2022-08-18 3:58:12 PM  
I bought a bunch of CDs before I had a cd player to play them on. 'Supersonic Storybook' by Urge Overkill and the first couple of Swervedriver EPs. Good times! Eventually I got a player and ended up with thousands of CDs I never play anymore.
 
2022-08-18 4:01:14 PM  
So they've been around about as long as LPs had been when CDs were introduced (maybe even longer)
 
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