Compact Disc (CD's)
A digital disc format that is still popular to this day. First released in 1982, a laser is used to read this digital format versus the previous analog formats mentioned above. A CD can be uploaded easily to a computer and then the files can be synced to your music library. You can then take the files from the library and add them to your iPod, MP3 or Smartphone music player. The format is ideal because it allows you to keep a physical copy that can be transferred to your computer so you can keep the discs at home safe from scratches! CD "Walkmans" have been around since the 80's but became more popular and affordable in the 90's, also known as "Discmans". A major problem with using CD's as a portable format is their tendency to skip when in an environment heavy with vibration, a problem that cassettes never had. Although CD players have improved anti-vibration features over time, this problem still remains. CD's have many advantages such as their ability to skip tracks as well as the not needing to rewind or turn the disc over.
So now, as we enter into a mostly digital and streaming age, we can look back and truly appreciate musical record formats from their birth to their death. Now it seems that the brick and mortar store format has met its end as well... at least for HMV.
Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
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