On this day in music history: March 2, 1983

by Jeff Harris – The compact disc (CD) makes its retail debut. It is a joint venture between the Sony Corporation and Polygram’s parent company Philips Electronics. The first CD titles released in record stores will be mostly classical from Polygram, and CBS will roll out their first 16 titles. By the end of the 80’s, the CD will overtake vinyl records in retail sales.

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