30 years ago today, a game-changing pair of products were announced: Billy Joel's 52nd Street on Compact Disc, and the Sony CDP-101, the first device to be able to play it. And the age of the CD was born.
I'm not exactly sure what's going on here but it looks like electricity is being zapped onto the spinning CD and basically sucking and erasing all its data. What's left is a piece of plastic. There are easier ways to erase data but damn if I can find anything cooler. [BuzzFeed]
Compact discs weren't always impromptu drink coasters. Once, in the not-so-distant past, they played music, contained pictures, and let people play video games with tacked-on FMV sequences. And today, the venerable CD turned 30.
Today the compact disc (or "CD" as the hipsters are calling it) turns 25. I know how you feel, CD. After 24, when you can rent a car and trash the shit out of it for only like an extra $50 in insurance, it's all downhill. But since Philips and Sony developed your form and birthed you in Langenhagen, Germany, more than…