Here’s a really good reason to start using CDs again: so you can erase them with electricity. Watch the data on the CD just totally vanish as the electric bolts just zaps everything into oblivion. Photonicinduction played around with it and shows us what it all looks like in the video below.
The only thing CDs are good for these days is to serve as slow motion destruction entertainment for YouTube videos. The mirror circle shape lends itself to sillily watchable GIFs where young people on the Internet wonder just what the hell retro future object they’re looking at.
The Slow Mo Guys spun a CD (a Spotify playlist shaped like a circle mirror, kids) so fast that it started warping and then eventually shattered into a hundred little pieces. You can see the disc spinning at 23,000 RPM and getting bent out of shape until it just gives out, all at once. So cool.
You're looking at Pioneer's new XDJ-1000 DJ deck. What's special about it? It's the first deck of its kinds to, err, not play CDs.
One person's trash is another visionary person's community art project. In this clever and beautiful repurposing of old CDs, Ignatov Architects has created Mirror Culture, a shimmery entrance to the public park in Varna, Bulgaria. A bunch of used CDs never looked so good.
30 years ago, the CD was born. This, of course, was the medium that would usher in the era of optical drives, a technology that dominated personal computing for decades. And though it's not completely dead, it's certainly on its way out. In fact, I honestly can't even remember the last time I used mine. How often do…
Despite the fact that optical drives are probably on the way out, the European Commission has announced that it suspects thirteen manufacturers of being involved in a five-year bid-rigging cartel in an attempt to keep prices artificially elevated.
The Cloud may be a hot topic in storage but it's not very convenient when you've got more than a couple of Gigs of data to backup. Pioneer's new external Blu-Ray burner can handle up to 128GB with its half inch-tall frame—the World's thinnest.
We all know CD sales have fallen like a drunken sorority girl in heels on an ice rink. But this infographic from Digital Music News, with 30 years of data shown in 30 seconds, really hammers the point home.
On October 1, 1982, Sony released the first ever CD player in Japan. Seven months later, it finally arrived in the U.S., complete with a vast library of 16 available albums. Its price? $1000.
Millenniata and LG have teamed up to save the CD. Okay, maybe not exactly. They want to save your data by making a new disc that's super tough but also readable with any current DVD or Blu-ray drive.
In a surprising yet also unsurprising move, Ford is killing off the CD player in the Ford Focus in Europe. Soon, they'll be purging CD players from the rest of their line too. Are we ready for this in America?
With disasters sprouting up over the world, you might need to recover your CDs from a flood one day. Well, if you still have CDs that is. But it's best to be prepared! Instructables has a great little write-up on what to do and surprisingly it involves more water. But clean water! And no solutions! Check out the whole…
Norio Ohga, a former Sony CEO and Chairman who helped make Sony the company we know today, passed away in Tokyo yesterday as a result of multiple organ failure. He was 81.
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]
When the Compact Disc Digital Audio standard came out in 1980, there was a curious fact about it: It was 74 minutes long. Not 60 minutes. Or an even 70 minutes. Seventy-four. And it was all one deaf man's fault. Updated
For $27, you can pre-order a mini orchestra in a CD case. Unlike a normal CD, where you pop it into a player, you just plug your headphones into the case and listen. Albeit, try to "listen."