The Compact Disc (CD) hits thirty and I suddenly feel old.
Friday, March 13, 2009
The news that Compact Disc is thirty years old, made me feel old. Actually I (and you) should relax just a bit; the first discs did not hit the stores until late 1982. So it is not as bad as it first seemed.
Whatever about the sound quality, the album art is just not the same reduced to CD size. The impact of something like Dark Side of the Moon is entirely lost when it not on a 12 inch square. There was some excitement in sliding that big disc out of its cover, placing it carefully on the turntable, and gently lowering the needle. There was a certain joy in sitting back the gatefold cover open in your lap, studying the lyrics.
But tell that to young kids today and they won’t believe you.