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A pop in really better like that band before you plop. Down the cash for their latest album. I found a review for the C D P one a one player online which revealed some other interesting tidbits, for example, the prototype model that Sony had shown off earlier played discs vertically with the playing surface parallel to the front of the player, the CD P one one went with what would become the more traditional orientational for most CD players with a horizontal tray that would slide out to accept a CD before sliding back into the player. The review also went into how the CD would allow you to do things that you couldn't do with other types of recorded media and allows you to to skip to specific tracks or sometimes they called him bands on the CD not bands as in musical bands. But bands and bands of of recording so track one track to or band one Bantu made it really easy to select a specific passage or song on the CD. And it also. The review marvelled, and how you could quickly skim through a track, and you could hear a sped up version of the music as you were going through either fest sporting or rewinding, but while it was sped up. It didn't increase in pitch. You know, if you increase the the rotational speed of turntable than the pitch of the record increases as well. Something that lead to never ending hours of entertainment when I would put a thirty three rpm record on a turntable but switched the turntable to forty five rpm. So that everything sounded like it was sung by the chipmunks. You really haven't listened to pink Floyd's the wall until you've listened to the chipmunks sing pink Floyd's the wall. Anyway, that didn't happen with CDs because it was an digital format. It wasn't an analog signal. That was being sped up and with a pitch increasing. It was literally just skipping through the digital file. So you would get the sped up. Effect. But the pitch remained the same. Another option that the review mentioned was the option to play a track on repeat the parenting that merited special mentioned because it's again, something that you could not easily do on vinyl or cassette. You could do it. Like, if you listen to a particular track on vinyl after that track is finished playing you could get up walk over to the turntable, gently lift the stylus gently move it back to the beginning of that track drawback down and listen to it again. 'cause that's where worse because you had to push stop hit rewind push play. Find out where you are in the track. Maybe you've gone too far. Maybe haven't gone far enough adjust that way, see these made it so much easier. You can just hit a little button. And it would repeat the song. You liked as many times as you want it until you got tired of it, and you told to stop happens to be baby shark might just leave it on for weeks at a time for your child. Anyway, the CD player really started to get popular in Japan pretty quickly and Europe followed not too long after that it took longer to get traction in the United States and part of that was just logistical because the manufacturing facilities for the players. And for the CDs were all in Japan, and those facilities were already chugging away to meet domestic demand that left very little breathing room to produce units for the US market. And in fact in the beginning, there are only two manufacturing facilities in the entire world. There were making compact discs, and they were each owned by Philips and Sony, and that price was a really big barrier. To like a lot of people were willing to jump in. There was a limited number of of material out there for the players and they were really expensive. Meanwhile, cassettes and records were relatively cheap. It would take some time for the price to come down for CDs to start to gain on cassettes. But boy Howdy. When it happened. It happened. Big time the demand for compact discs in Japan, led to more investment in the industry and soon there were six manufacturing facilities and not long after that it grew to forty manufacturing plants that were churning out compact, discs, the technology was gaining momentum. And with the increased output came improvements in manufacturing with more efficient processes, which led to a steady decrease in manufacturing costs, which meant companies could sell their products for less money, while still maintaining a profitable business..

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