The CD, in memoriam

Jan 27, 2011

It's a sign of the times for the lowly CD: Sony closes a huge CD manufacturing plant, and the same week the band Cake sells a dismal 44,000 copies, the lowest ever for a number one album.

Downloads and file sharing are undeniably edging out the Compact Disc. So, in memoriam, we offer a retrospective of the short but flashy career of the venerable CD.

  • Why is a CD 74 minutes?
    Because it was decided that Beethoven's 9th Symphony should fit on one disc. 
  • The very first CD ever released in the US?
    Billy Joel's 52nd Street. 

Episode #102 of Record Bin Roulette features guest appearances from Def Leppard, Michael Jackson and The Eagles.