Compact disc turns 30

Compact disc turns 30
The first consumer electronic CD player (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons user Atreyu)

EUGENE, Ore. - Sony started selling the first commercial compact disc player in Japan on Oct. 1, 1982, for $730.

That's about $1,700 in today's dollars, adjusted for inflation.

Fans could buy Billy Joel's "52nd Street" the same day - the first album on CD to go on sale.

Since then, billions of CDs have been sold, although sales have wound down in the face of digital music sales via services like iTunes.

The first album to sell a million CDs was 1985's "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits, best known for the smash MTV video hit "Money for Nothing."

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