The CD is Officially 40 Years Old!

The first CD to be released commercially came out in Japan in 1982.

The first CD to be released commercially came out in Japan in 1982. It was “52nd Street” by Billy Joel, which wasn’t a new release. It was originally put out on vinyl in 1978. It was one of 50 albums put on CDs at once. The first CD player was the Sony CDP-101, it cost about $1,000. By the mid ’80s, the average player sold for $300 to $600.