compact disc

com·​pact disc | \ ˈkäm-ˌpakt- How to pronounce compact disc (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Even more perplexing: compact disc sales jumped 21%, hitting $584 million. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 Also in this episode, Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos discuss whether CDs really deserve to come back, and touch on the highs and lows of the compact disc era. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 3 Feb. 2022 In 1982, Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player, the CDP-101, in Japan., 1 Oct. 2021 Much like their music industry debut, which, Mr. Black noted, will be released as a double compact disc. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 In 1994, a tiny vendor called NetMarket sold a compact disc (CD) to Phil Brandenberger of Philadelphia, marking the internet's very first online purchase. Kristin Savilia, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The sound of the vinyl trumps the sound of a compact disc or cassette any day. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2021 Sony went on to develop the compact disc along with Philips PHG , and that product once again changed the face of the music business. Bobby Owsinski, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Since the early 2000s, Pearl Jam has released official bootlegs of nearly all of the band’s concerts, either on compact disc or digital download. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of compact disc

1979, in the meaning defined above

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