A glimpse of what might have been -- or still could be.When the compact disc was introduced in the early 1980s (originally a joint venture between Philips Electronics ( PHG) and Sony ( SNE)) many considered it the epitome of music-recording technology. At that time, the idea of producing small, warp/click/pop-free discs to distribute music was akin to putting men on the moon. Literature from the beginning of the CD era shows pictures of people wearing surgical masks and hair nets working in sterile surroundings -- making these new music-delivery systems. Now that nearly every inexpensive computer can "burn" a CD, of course, this ancient history has become part of music-CD lore. Technologically, these early discs were amazing for their time: 16-bit, 44.1 KHz digital masterpieces. That recording/mastering technology had been dubbed the "Red Book" standard. Many consumers flocked to buy CDs. Why not? They couldn't believe they could now listen to music without ticks, pops and scratches. Audiophiles were skeptical, though, because in most cases CDs didn't sound as good as the same music on analog vinyl LPs. In some cases, even prerecorded cassettes sounded more like music. Didn't matter.
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