According to an NPR blog post, today marks the 30th anniversary of the compact disc.
It’s been three decades since the first CD went on sale in Japan. The shiny discs came to dominate music industry sales, but their popularity has faded in the digital age they helped unleash. The CD is just the latest musical format to rise and fall in roughly the same 30-year cycle.
Compact discs had been pressed before 1982, but the first CD to officially go on sale was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street.
Source: NPR Music
I recall that many album art fans proclaimed that the small format spelled the end of album covers. Of course, there have been many significant album covers produced over the last three decades.