Due to US prison regulations, there is a whole manufacturing industry dedicated to clear plastic TVs, radios and CD players without speakers (headset only) and even snacks (The Whole Shabang ) nbcnews.com/business/busi…
Peter Gabriel wanted to end his album β€œSo” with the track β€œIn Your Eyes” but the difficulty of getting more definition on bass at the end of a vinyl album side had him move it to the start of side two. When the album was re-released on CD, he restored the song to the end of the album en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Jack in The Box created a fake boy band called the Meaty Cheese Boys because NSYNC had a CD promo with McDonald’s and Back Street Boys had it with Burger King. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Acronym was used originally only to label pronounceable abbreviations (like NATO, but not CD) brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/16…
Alternative rock band R.E.M.'s 1991 album "Out of Time" was politically significant, and had a Rock the Vote form inside the CD Long-Box packaging (the only way the band would agree to use the "wasteful" long box), resulting in an unprecedented 10,000 petitions delivered to Senate. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Users could install Windows 95 using a CD or 13 floppy disks. Each floppy disk could hold around 1.44 megabytes. The computer needed 4MB of RAM and 50-55MB of Hard Disk space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Mail-order service Columbia House was responsible for over 15% of all CD sales in 1994. Its practice of "negative option billing" is now banned in 15 states and most Canadian provinces and the service shut down in 2009. A class action lawsuit was filed in 2011 due to inability to cancel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Swedish band Roxette's success in the US is directly attributed to a Minnesotan who studied abroad in Sweden. He passed off their CD to a Minneapolis DJ and 'The Look' quickly became a fan favorite. Other stations followed suit and record label decided to take the act international. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rox…
A stolen 9.5 million dollar Stradivarius Cello was nearly turned into a fancy CD rack news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
KFC is Indonesia's biggest CD retailer. More than half a million CDs are sold a month in the more than 650 KFCs across the country. The CDs sold are selected by Steve Lillywhite, the producer for U2. Part of the selection process is offering KFC distribution deals to up-and-coming acts. thejakartapost.com/life/2…
There was a mail order service called Columbia House that accounted for 15.1% of all CD sales in 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Garth Brooks has released parts 1 and 3 of a 5-part anthology book/cd collection, but has not released part 2 countryfancast.com/garth-…
:The classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had the highest selling CD's in 2016 even beating the likes of Drake, Kanye West and BeyoncΓ© nme.com/news/music/bigges…
The first album released in CD format was Billy Joel’s β€œ52nd Street”, in October 1982 historyofinformation.com/…
Bill gates purchased the Leonardo da Vinci's Codex for $30,802,500. Three years later he had its pages scanned into digital image files, some of which were later distributed as screen saver and wallpaper files on a CD-ROM as part of a Microsoft Plus! for Windows so everyone could enjoy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The Sony PlayStation was never meant to be a product. It was intended to be a new console that would play exclusively Nintendo games on CDs. Instead Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last minute. Sony went ahead and launched what would become the most successful console of all time. nationalpost.com/entertai…
Mozart sold the most CDs in 2016, beating out Adele, Drake, and BeyoncΓ©, even though all of those artists had Grammy-winning hits that year. npr.org/2016/12/12/505311…
From cereal boxes to mailboxes, between 1993 and 2006 AOL sent over 1 billion CDs with their free trail software. vox.com/2015/5/12/8594049…
The dept of Homeland Security ran an experiment where they left CDs and USB sticks in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors. 60% of those who picked them up plugged the device into their office computers, and if it had an official logo, 90% of them were installed. thenextweb.com/insider/20…
In 1997, The Flaming Lips released an album called Zaireeka which shipped with 4 CDs that were meant to be played simultaneously on 4 audio players en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zai…
AOL distributed so many CDs that at one point half of the CDs manufactured worldwide had AOL logos on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL
There was another kind of hidden track possible on audio CDs call a pregap/zero track. You had to rewind from track 1 to hear it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Most older CD based video games can be put in a CD player and you can listen to the soundtrack of the game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD_…
Peter Gabriel intended for the 1986 song "In Your Eyes" to be the last track on his album "So", but due to the prominent bass line and the limitations of vinyl records, it had to be placed earlier on the record. This was rectified on the CD release of the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Final Fantasy VII was originally planned for the Nintendo 64, but its cartridge-based system couldn't handle what they wanted the game to do and Nintendo refused to listen to Square Enix' advice of using CD-ROMs, so they jumped ship to the then in development Sony Playstation gonintendo.com/stories/28…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Sony only released the original Playstation because Nintendo severed their partnership to build a gaming system with a CD drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In 2005, Sony used music CDs to illegally install a rootkit virus on 22 million computers; and when caught, they released an uninstaller that failed to remove the rootkit, installed further programs and illegally collected user information nytimes.com/2005/11/19/bu…
Today I learned about Eric Lundgren who went to prison for a year because he was said to have violated copyrights and counterfeiting Microsoft Windows Restore CD's which he distributed with refurbished PC's. Corporations such as MS, Dell and HP give these discs away for free. youtu.be/Uv_zBYlZJR8
Optical discs like CDs are spelled "disc" with a "C," while storage disks like floppy and hard drives are spelled "disk" with a "K" quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
In 2005 Sony BGM released copy protection measures on 22 millions CDs that was classified as 'spyware' and installed itself on user's computers without permission causing a wide range of security and provacy concerns fsfe.org/activities/drm/s…
The author of The Witcher sold the rights to his works to CD Projekt Red for a lump sum of $9,350, as he didn’t think the franchise would be successful. After the video game series became a success, he sued for $16.1 million. winteriscoming.net/2019/0…
A high school janitor stumbled upon a teacher who took nude photos of a student when he found a CD labeled 300 while cleaning his classroom. He thought it was the Zack Snyder film and reported the teacher after finding out the real content on the disk. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
Peter Buck, guitarist of R.E.M., was in an airline incident where he was seen shoving a CD into a drinks trolley thinking it was a CD player, claiming "I am R.E.M." and struggling over a yogurt cup with two flight attendants, which resulted in the cup exploding. He was charged with assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Department of Homeland Security ran a experiment to see if government employees and contractors would use CDs and USB drives they secretly dropped in parking lots where they worked. 60 percent of the time they did, with that figure jumping to 90 percent when an official logo was visible. wired.com/2011/06/the-dro…
The first popular band to release an album on CD was ABBA, with its 1982 CD release of their album Visitors. kodakdigitizing.com/blogs…
At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
For years after CD players hit the market they remained unpopular and were mostly limited to fans of classical music. Dire Straights then released "Brothers in Arms", the first totally digital album. It sold 30 million copies and is credited with launching CD players into the mainstream. theguardian.com/music/201…
Weird Al put six seconds of screaming and loud noises at the end of his album "Off The Deep End" after ten minutes of silence to scare listeners into turning off their CD player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit…
In 2003, the United States Postal Service threatened to sue the indie band The Postal Service over their name. A compromise was reached, however, with The Postal Service doing promotional work for USPS. Postal Service CDs were also sold on USPS's website. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
If you put a disc from a Sega Saturn into a normal CD player, a creepy message warning you to remove it would play. The CD players would play the game data as music and blow out speakers if the disc wasn't removed. retroist.com/2017/03/22/s…
The last song on the US version of Ok Go's sophomore album is a track titled "9027 km" which consists of a 35-minute recording of frontman Damian Kulash's sleeping girlfriend. It was put on the album to pad out the cd and prevent the label from adding extra DRM software. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_…
The music video for Buddy Holly by Weezer was included on the Windows 95 CD-ROM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
PS1 was not SONY's first official video game console. Before it, there was the Intelligent Discman. It is a portable version of the CD-i console, which is known for games such as "Hotel Mario", "Link: The Faces of Evil" and "Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon" icdia.co.uk/players/nonph…
Final Solution, a 2003 Indian film allowed a Pirate-and-Circulate campaign in protest against its ban by censor board (Get-a-free-copy-only-if-you-promise-to-pirate-and-make-5-copies). Over 10,000 CDs of the film were distributed and the director uploaded the movie to Vimeo during the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Iridescent colors, or "beef rainbows", appearing on the surface of your sliced roast beef does NOT mean the meat has gone bad. It's caused by diffraction grating, which is the same thing that causes rainbows to appear on CD/DVD. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
A time capsule was buried in the old Nickelodeon Studios in 1992 containing items deemed important by kids, such as a Nintendo Gameboy, a Back to the Future VHS, and Michael Jackson CDs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Eminem's mother created a rap CD called "Set The Record Straight" directed at her son in response to Eminem's many disparaging lyrics about her youtube.com/watch?v=0FKyR…
The Nightmare Before Christmas has an official epilogue in rimes in the same style of the intro. It was published with the soundtrack cd and tells about Santa Claus going back after years to meet Jack again youtu.be/npvD5dsCKtI
Abba's 1981 album The Visitors was one of the first records ever to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be pressed on the new CD format in 1982 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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