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Happy 25th Birthday, Compact Disc!

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The fact that the good old CD has been on the market for 25 years is the latest factoid to make me feel like I am getting downright old. I didn't actually get on the digital audio bandwagon until around 1989. Up to that point, while there were vinyl albums around the house, my world was all about cassette tapes.

These days, I am well-informed / jaded enough to look at any new format as a simply another way of media companies trying to get consumers to re-purchase their collections in some marginally "better" format. I know that the always benevolent folks at the record labels probably salivated all over themselves when the CD was developed because it would entice music collectors to go buy remastered versions of all their favorites all over again, but the bottom line is that the CD was indeed a huge improvement over every format that came before it in so many ways that it actually made sense for even semi-avid music collectors to throw away their tapes and start a CD collection.

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