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A Basic Introduction to Compact Disc

A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an optical disc for electronically recording, storing and playing back audio, video, text, and other information in digital form. It was originally developed to store and playback sound recordings exclusively, but later expanded to encompass data storage (CD-ROM), write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), Video Compact Discs (VCD), Super Video Compact Discs (SVCD), Photo CD, Picture CD, CD-I, and Enhanced CD. Audio CDs and audio CD players have been commercially available since October 1982. The Compact Disc ultimately emerged the winner of audio formats, only to be replaced themselves by solid state memory storage devices.

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