The CD, At 30, Is Feeling Its Age: Today marks the 30th anniversary of a musical format many of us grew up with: the compact disc. It's been three decades since the first CD went on sale in Japan. The shiny discs came to dominate music industry sales, but their popularity has faded in the digital age they helped unleash. The CD is just the latest musical format to rise and fall in roughly the same 30-year cycle.
There had been compact discs pressed before 1982. But the first CD to officially go on sale was Billy Joel's 52nd Street.