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Ever wondered who invented to the compact disc? How about who invented to cd player? When were they invented? Where did the idea come from? What inventions came before the cd to make the technology possible?

The following article will take you back in time to see the origins of the compact disc and the cd player. Enjoy the history of the cd.

  • 1915 - 78 R.P.M records were introduced.
  • 1928 - Harry Nyquiest published "Certain Topics in Telegraph Transmission Theory." His theory contained proof that the technology used in today’s audio CD's could work.
  • 1937 - A. Reeves invented pulse code modulation (PCM), a technology used by computers and CD's for audio in the present day.

"I thought my Beatles LPs sounded pretty good on a record player, but that was before I had heard a CD."
- Alastair Wood

  • 1948 - The transistor was invented by Bell Laboratories.
  • 1950 - Richard W. Hamming published information about error detection/correction codes. CD players won’t work without error correction.
  • 1958 – The Integrated Circuit was introduced by Texas Instruments
  • 1960 - I.S. Reed and G. Soloman published information on multiple error correction codes. These come to be known as the "Reed-Solomon" Codes which are the codes used for encoding and reading CD's.
  • 1967 – NHK Technical Research demonstrated a PCM digital recorder.
  • 1970 – Dutch physicists Klaas Compaan and Piet Kramer complete a prototype glass disc with 1-millimeter black and white images and then “record” dimples to encode an analog FM signal in the Philips NV research labs.
  • 1976 – Sony experimented with large optical audio discs.
  • 1977 – Mitsubishi, Sony, and Hitachi demonstrated digital audio disc prototypes.
  • 1978 – Philips introduced a video disc player.
  • 1980 – A final Philips/Sony Compact Disc standard was proposed.
  • 1982 – The compact disc was introduced in Europe and Japan.

"We're going to release CD's we made years ago just for collectors, things that haven't been readily available. We're going to make all that stuff available." -Lester Bowie