Of course, today the CD seems rather quaint – a relic of a bygone era when we had to actually purchase physical goods in order to hear music. But at the time, it was space-age stuff, offering what seemed like a pristine alternative to the fuzzy hiss of cassette tapes and the numerous pitfalls of vinyl. And it carried a space-age price tag, too. In fact, the prohibitive costs of CD players – not to mention the discs themselves – kept most consumers from adapting the new technology for several years.
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