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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
The first popular band to release an album on CD was ABBA, with its 1982 CD release of their album Visitors. kodakdigitizing.com/blogs…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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_…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
The bassist for the band Switchfoot spoke out against Sony copy protection on their CD's and explained how to circumvent it. actsofvolition.com/2005/0…
, at one point, half of all CDs manufactured in the world had the AOL logo on them. engadget.com/2017/07/11/a…
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…
The music video for Buddy Holly by Weezer was included on the Windows 95 CD-ROM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
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/…
At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Philips' failed video game console, the CD-i, was used by Peugeot for its point of sale application promoting its then-new 605 automobile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-…
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…
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…
A Florida retailer was arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew CD to an undercover cop, after a US District Court ruled that the album was obscene and illegal to sell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_L…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Chinese youth used to listen to a lot of music CDs from the US with holes punched through the corner. The so-called "dakou" CDs were surplus albums destined to be disposed, but ended up being sold in China instead. You could listen to most of each album, but some songs would be missing. dongting08.net/2008/06/de…
During Emperor Qianlong's reign, he expanded China’s empire by one-third, brought economic growth through the free-flow of goods between provinces and foreign nations, even compiling two millennia of Chinese writing totalling 36,000 volumes that would fit 128 CDs hss.ntu.edu.sg/Documents/…
The United States' Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, proposed a budget to provide every child born in Georgia with a CD of classical music due to believing in the Mozart effect, which states that that early childhood exposure to classical music has a beneficial effect on mental development en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
The glyph Prince changed his name to in 1993 came to him during meditation, and the change was intended to frustrate his then-record label, Warner Bros., who wanted him to slow the release of his CDs so the label could focus on promotion slate.com/human-interest/…
The first Soviet produced CD was a recording of a piece composed by Ivan the Terrible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
In 2000, National Geographic released its complete collection on a 30-disk CD-ROM that came in a red velvet-lined wooden box and retailed for $200. It was discontinued in 2002 and there is currently no way to view them without buying the updated 7 CD set elliott.org/problem-solve…
During joint development of the audio CD Sony made Philips accept the 120 mm disc diameter to make the existing Philips-owned 115 mm disc plant useless. Sony convinced them by saying that the discs needed to be bigger to fit the 1951 Bayreuth Festival version of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
β€œThe Beatles Movie Medley” is the only Beatles single to never be released on CD or digital download. It was a 4 minute medley of previous Beatles songs that reached #12 on the Billboard hot 100 in 1982. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
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…
The AOL free trial CDs from the 90s are now a collectors item spokenalex.org/why-wasnt-…
Metallica's Death Magnetic album was so compressed and so loud that the Guitar Hero III versions of the songs sound better than the CD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
When they debuted, CDs had 10-30x the storage capacity of an average hard drive. This lead to the rise of β€œshovelware” as companies bundled whatever applications they could find with their own releases. They used the sheer volume of software included as a selling point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Philips secured the rights to use Nintendo characters and then made 3 Zelda games, and 1 Mario game for their CD-i console. Those games were and still considered to be the worst in the whole series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-…
At one point 50% of all CDs produced worldwide had the AOL logo on them. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Tupac was involved in the LA Riots and even signed looted copies of his CDs on the corner of the street by the broken in record store makaveli-board.net/archiv…
Sega made a power strip for the Sega Genesis as a solution to the huge power adapters the Genesis, Sega CD, and the 32x uses. youtube.com/watch?v=Rx0W9…
In 2013 recording artist, Beck, had his album Song Reader named 50th best album of the year by Rolling Stone without ever having released a CD. The album was only available as sheet music until 2 years later when it was released as a fan performed compilation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Indie musician Paz planted 5000 copies of his own album into wrapped CD cases resembling Justin Bieber's "Believe", down to the bar code and cover, at major retailers. Paz stated retailers made it impossible to get indie music sold there and that 'the world won't really miss a Bieber record'. huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04…
Today I learned of YoΓ±lu, a Brazilian singer-songwriter. After commiting suicide at the age of sixteen, his work was found in a CD-R by his parents, and was released posthumously, becoming rather successful within the independent scene. Now, he's getting a movie done on his life, also known as "YoΓ±lu". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo%…
When AOL 4.0 launched in 1998, they used ALL of the world's CD production capacity for several weeks cnn.com/2012/07/06/tech/w…
Quentin Tarantino heard the "Woo Hoo" song by the 5, 6, 7, 8s (used in Kill Bill) in a clothing store in Japan and bought the CD from the store's manager en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
AOL's "carpet bombing" marketing strategy of sending millions of "Free AOL" CDs increased AOL's number of subscribers from 200,000 to over 22,000,000 in the 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
CD/DVD data is contained in the plastic not the shiny part. The shiny part is just so the laser bounces back. youtu.be/ut_40U0t9pU
Sony inscribed a wavy groove at a certain frequency at the start of all Playstation 1 CDs. This was taken as an imperfection and unnoticed by most CD readers, except the Playstation 1's, which used it's specific frequency to detect the CD region and that it wasn't a copied disc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
A cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Closer" was featured on a child's lullaby CD. youtu.be/Mew84vXjYXw
Sony BMG used music cds to illegally install rootkits on users computers to prevent them from ripping copyrighted music; the rootkits themselves, in a copyright violation, included open-source software. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Shortly after a Stradivarius cello was stolen it was left next to a trash bin. A woman found it, brought it home and her boyfriend was going to turn it into a CD case. After seeing a news report about its theft it was turned into the police. cbsnews.com/news/stradiva…
Cd Projekt Red was accused of selling satanic games to the public by a popular Polish tv network after it published a game called "The Devil Inside" in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2009 CD Singles sales 'officially' died when Florence and the Machine charted at number 16 in the UK after selling a whopping 64 physical copies of their single theguardian.com/music/mus…
The They Might Be Giants album Apollo 18 features a song that made use of the shuffle feature on CD players. Made of 21 separate tracks, you get a new sonic experience every time it is played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Some of the original Playstation 1 games had the game music set as CD audio, meaning you could listen to the game music from a normal CD player. Some games contained hidden tracks that could only be accessed this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The main producer behind The Legend of Zelda CD-i games, Dale DeSharone, also owned Boston Animation, the company behind the educational kids' game M&Ms The Lost Formulas. blog.hardcoregaming101.ne…
Sony originally collaborated with Nintendo to make a CD based SNES console called the Nintendo PlayStation. However, Nintendo split ways with Sony shortly before completion, causing Sony to develop the PlayStation as an independent competitor. engadget.com/2015/11/06/n…
Mall store 'brand' CDs got started because of PBS's Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? brownalumnimagazine.com/a…
When AOL launched AOL 4.0 in 1998, they used ALL of the world-wide CD production for several weeks. All of it. quora.com/AOL-History/How…
A single human's DNA, rendered out in bytes, would only take up about 774mb, a bit larger than the capacity of an old CD-R disc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Gene Simmons will deliver a 10-CD box set spend 2 hours at your house for a fee $50,000 inc.com/jeff-haden/yes-fo…
The IΓ±upiat in Alaska have worked for two years on a CD-ROM project to teach the IΓ±upiaq language in collaboration with Rosetta Stone. IΓ±upiaq words are equated to images, not to English, in the software β€” ensuring that words don't lose the many aspects of their meaning in the teaching process pr.rosettastone.com/phoen…
The entire human genome consists of 1.5 Gigabytes, that's about 2 CDs worth of space! bitesizebio.com/8378/how-…
In the 90's when Microsoft was unimpressed with a programmer's performance, they would threaten to reassign them to work on "Microsoft Dogs" an interactive CD-ROM to inform dog owners of the proper care and feeding for 500 different breeds of dogs. businessinsider.com/micro…
The AUDIO_TS folder on a DVD does not contain a film's audio files and was added for potential DVD audio discs that would replace CDs. It never took off. macworld.com/article/2042…
In the Linkin Park track Foreword, the intro track on the Album Meteora, the sound is actually of a CD burner being beaten and smashed with a baseball bat, not of a window or anything glass breaking - Linkinpedia linkinpedia.com/index.php…
Microsoft Encarta (original codename β€œGandalf”) began as a pet project for Bill Gates around 1985 after being rejected by Encyclopaedia Britannica as a partner in making material available to PC users as a CD-ROM. Encarta's eventual demise in 2009 was widely attributed to Wikipedia nytimes.com/2009/05/03/bu…
In 2002 Sony released a "copy-proof" CD to combat music piracy. Hackers immediately circumvented this design by scribbling on the rim of the CDs with a Sharpie. usatoday30.usatoday.com/m…
The developers of the compact disc (CD) chose its playing time to ensure that Beethoven's 9th symphony (70 minutes) could be played on a single disc. nytimes.com/1993/05/16/ar…
At one point in the 1990's, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it businessinsider.com/50-of…
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sold more CDs in 2016 than any other artist billboard.com/articles/ne…
Sony installed rootkits through millions of CDs, and their president knew but said people shouldn't care about it. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Between floppies and CDs, there was something called a zip drive, it was like a heavy floppy with 750MB capacity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip…
Manson's "The Pale Emperor" CD is printed with thermographic ink so it's all black before it's played and is totally white by the time it finishes playing. kingsroadmerch.com/marily…
In 2015, American rock band Kiss released a collaboration CD with Momoiro Clover Z, the J-Pop group responsible for Sailor Moon Crystal's theme song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yum…
OK Go added a 35 minute track of Damien Kulash's sleeping girlfriend to the end of their album "Oh No" in order to prevent their label adding DRM software to the CD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_…
In response to the moral panic surrounding violent video games, Penn & Teller released "Desert Bus," for the Sega Cd. In the game you drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas in a straight line for 8 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
To stop piracy Sony BMG distributed a rootkit program through CDs which created vulnerabilities in OS which were exploited by malware. Facing criticisms, they released an "uninstaller" which only un-hid the program and introduced further security vulnerabilities. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_B…
When AOL 4.0 launched in 1998 they used the entire world's CD production market for several weeks. No other major market CDs were created during this period of time. qr.ae/G9d3B
Sony BMG used music cds to illegally install rootkits on users computers to prevent them from ripping copyrighted music; the rootkits themselves, in a copyright violation, included open-source software. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
At some point in the 90s, half of all CDs manufactured in the world had an AOL logo on them. tcrn.ch/1HgHTZb
Musician Beck's last album was released only in sheet music form, for others to interpret. No cd's, no digital download, just sheet music. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
When CD Projekt Red founders grew up in Poland, some DJ's would play game cassettes (tapes) over the air you could record then install on your Amiga youtube.com/watch?v=uNZkT…
Nintendo collaborated with Sony to make "Nintendo PlayStation", a CD based SNES, in 1988. Nintendo dropped Sony, chose Philips, and Sony developed Play Station independently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Gorbachev, the guy who pretty much ended the cold war, made a children music CD with Bill Clinton and won a Grammy for it awurl.com/MV1CsqRuj
The first optical drive (umbrella term for CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, etc.) was made in 1884...134 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
Banksy and producer Danger Mouse went store to store, replacing Paris Hilton's CD with an "improved" version, that included topless photos of her in the liner notes, and a 40 minute song composed of stupid shit she had said. spin.com/articles/danger-…
'Disc' refers to optical media (such as a CD) whereas 'Disk' refers to magnetic media (such as a hard drive) support.apple.com/en-gb/H…

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