Compact disc

Introducing the incredible compact disc ›Science Features (ABC Science)


Resistant to dust, scratches and laser read (!) – in 1982 this technology was sure to challenge the dominance of the long-lived disc.

Once upon a time the radiogram was the centerpiece of home entertainment (Source: Around 2000)

Around 2000 debuted on ABC in 1981. It was a half-hour program showcasing the developments and inventions of science and technology. One of the first highlights was this report of 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 came together to tell the story.

It’s worth watching them 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 “long-lasting micro-groove record. That you don’t know. hear so much more …

In 1983, when the first compact disc players hit the Australian market, their prices ranged from $ 900 to $ 1,800. (This made it a very important purchase, given that the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that average weekly earnings were around $ 350 / week at the time). The price has not held back the rapid adoption of the technology.

But even then, as Sonia said in her closing remarks, there was even better technology on the horizon.

“The compact disc might just rule the roost – at least until someone refines a method to put Beethoven’s 9th on a silicon chip.

“Do not laugh, I am sure that day, in fact, is not too far …”

This video is also available on YouTube, via ABCScienceOnline

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Key words: science and technology, computer science and technology, consumer electronics

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Posted on June 11, 2015