It’s making the rounds of many news websites that the first CD was sold 30 years ago today. Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street first went on sale October 1, 1982. It was a vast improvement in sound quality over the dominant cassette format, and within just a few years, CD sales surpassed other available formats.
The format is now on the wane due to the popularity of online music. Check out this interesting NPR article on the subject.