The History of the CD

Some of our main business here at Media Fast is to create the perfect packaging for DVDS, CDS and other disks.  We also replicate and duplicate CDs, Blu-Rays and DVDS in various sized runs.  Since disks are our business, we thought we’d give you a little history lesson about the creation of a specific disk, the CD.

Given it’s full name, the Compact Disk or CD was created by Dutch and Japanese scientists that were seeking a new way to store information.  It was created in 1981 and was initially able to record sound as microscopic changes in the surface of a plastic disc.  A laser that is within the CD player, which electronically turns the information into sound, then read these changes on the surface of the disk.

By 1982, Philips and Sony had perfected this product, and launched lightweight disks made of plastic, that were 12cm in diameter, miniscule compared the traditional 30 cm LP records.  This new product became immediately popular with the upper classes (prices were high initially, at least compared to LPs) and were much more convenient that traditional options.

A few years after the successful launch of the now common disk, Philips was again ahead of the game, along with Hitachi, and created the CD-ROM.  This became the standard way to store computer-generated information and has been continually successful ever since.

We live in a very digital world at present, but there is still great value in using traditional storage methods, that can be transported and shared.  Technology is such that now that we can create TV quality movies within the comforts of our own homes, and have them to keep for family to enjoy in the future.

If you have a home movie, school project or other type of media you would like to distribute or share, then contact us about replication and duplication options.