Introducing The Amazing Compact Disc | 1982 | Retro vintage 80s

When the first compact discs arrived on the Australian market in 1983, they ranged in price from $900-$1800. The price didn’t hold back the rapid adoption of the technology.Subscribe to ABC Science YouTube 2000 debuted on the ABC in 1981. It was a half-hour program showcasing developments and inventions in science and technology. One of the early highlights was this report about the imminent arrival of the next big thing in home entertainment – the compact disc. This technology was considered so exciting that three of the show’s presenters, Sonia Humphrey, Iain Finlay and Jeff Watson combined to tell the story.  It’s worth watching just to see them in their 1982 sartorial elegance, but it’s also a treat to hear the use of words such as “radiogram”, and “gramophone”, and “micro-groove long-playing record”  which you don’t hear so much anymore…The compact disc was popular in its heyday. But as Sonia put it in her closing remarks, there was an even better technology on the horizon.   “The Compact Disc may well rule the roost – at least until someone perfects a method of putting Beethoven’s 9th on a silicon chip. Don’t laugh, I’m assured that that day, in fact, is not too far off…..” This is an official Australian Broadcasting Corporation YouTube channel. ********Contributions may be removed if they violate ABC’s Online Conditions of Use (Section 3).

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