First CD Player Available 30 Years Ago Today

I still remember cassettes tapes, floppy disks, and AOL internet as the “tip” of the mountain of technology. It is amazing how innovation will take us.


Thirty years ago today, Sony’s CDP-101 compact disc player went on sale in Japan.

According to Benj Edwards at TechHive, the CDP-101 retailed for the equivalent of around $674, which today would be around $1609. Fifty CDs were available at launch, priced between $14 and $15.25 apiece — roughly $33 to $36 today. Check out Edwards’ full piece for an in-depth and interesting look at the history of the compact disc:

The CD player turns 30 [TechHive]

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