: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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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_…
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…
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 first popular band to release an album on CD was ABBA, with its 1982 CD release of their album Visitors. kodakdigitizing.com/blogs…
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…
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 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 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 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…
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 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 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
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…
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…
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 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/…
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…
At one point in the 1990s, 50% of all CDs produced worldwide were for AOL. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The music video for Buddy Holly by Weezer was included on the Windows 95 CD-ROM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
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…
, at one point, half of all CDs manufactured in the world had the AOL logo on them. engadget.com/2017/07/11/a…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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/…
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 first Soviet produced CD was a recording of a piece composed by Ivan the Terrible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
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…
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…
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…

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