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Compact disc replacement skips out

Start-up DataPlay, which hoped its quarter-size secure media format would replace the CD, shuts down and starts looking for a buyer.

By October 15, 2002


Amazon to launch auto rip, an effort to sex up CDs

It's the biggest news involving the compact disc in years: Amazon is expected to reward CD buyers by automatically storing the songs in their digital lockers free of charge, sources tell CNET -- and it may do the same for past CD purchases.

By January 9, 2013


It was 30 years ago today the CD began to play

Sony launched the Compact Disc format in Japan on October 1, 1982.

By October 1, 2012


Will music CDs be dead in 14 months?

A report predicts the demise of the compact disc; Billboard says no way.

By November 9, 2011


Music tech guru says Web is not the enemy

Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman signed The Doors and pushed the adoption of the compact disc, but he has no time for music people who just want the Web to go away.

By August 26, 2010


Parrot RK8200 Bluetooth Car Stereo

Parrot's holding a funeral--for the compact disc! This new head unit has five sources, and none of them spin.

May 21, 2008


Microsoft, Panasonic sort media mess

The two hatch a technology designed to eliminate the difference in how PCs and consumer-electronics devices display digital files stored on a compact disc.

By October 17, 2002


Google restores Usenet archives

Google has flipped the switch on a fully restored Usenet service, replete with more than 700 million messages dating to 1981. The search service had been slowly renovating the Web-based newsgroup archives over the past year after it purchased the assets from Deja.com in February. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is making available various memorable topic discussions from the historic records, including the first mention of a compact disc in July 1982 and a first note on Microsoft in May 1981.

By December 11, 2001


Can Napster be stopped? No!

The music industry is about to undergo a change that is, at the very least, 10 times more important than the launch of the compact disc.

April 17, 2000


eBay to ban some music and software sales

The auction site will prohibit the sale of software and music on compact disc-recordable and backup software, except where the seller is the copyright owner, according to a posting on its Web site.

By September 17, 1999