Thirty years ago today, Sony’s CDP-101 compact disc player went on sale in Japan.
According to Benj Edwards at TechHive, the CDP-101 retailed for the equivalent of around $674, which today would be around $1609. Fifty CDs were available at launch, priced between $14 and $15.25 apiece — roughly $33 to $36 today. Check out Edwards’ full piece for an in-depth and interesting look at the history of the compact disc:
The CD player turns 30 [TechHive]