The $800+ Compact Disc
October 21st, 2006
One of the concerns about conventional CDs and DVDs is that they will eventually lose their data at some point in the future.
In order to solve this problem, a Japanese recording engineer has developed the first compact disc made from glass. The discs are guaranteed not to warp or distort. “I wanted to make a CD that could be passed on to grandchildren,” the glass CD’s inventor, Suenori Fukui, said. In addition, the transparency of the discs is said to improve sound quality.
All this longevity and quality does come at a hefty pricetag though, 98,700 yen each. That’s about $833 USD per disc.
Now I know that Fukui is concerned the potential for conventional CDs to warp or fade, but the way I handle my CDs, I’d be much more concerned about dropping my collection of $800+ glass CDs and having them shatter into a thousand tiny pieces.