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Disc Players, more commonly known as CD players, are electronic devices that
play music on storage devices called compact discs, or CDs. CD Players show up
in a variety of contexts, both personal and commercial. They can be installed
in vehicles, home stereo systems, and personal computers. Audio CDs can also
be listened to in small personal portable devices. Today, CD players are still
used in many situations, but they have lost much of their popularity to newer
and more convenient digital forms of media.
The very first CD player was released by Sony in 1982. This original model was
named the Sony CDP-101. It featured an easy-to-operate slide out tray, which
is still used by the majority of CD players.
A vertical CD player, also developed by Sony, was released in 1983. This type
of CD player never took off in popularity like the original slide out tray,
but influenced a number of early Japanese CD Players.
Top-loading CD Players appeared in 1983, during the launch of the Phillips
CD100 CD player. This top-loading design featured a clamp over the CD player
lid, which was to be closed down after one inserted a CD into the CD Player.
The new design implied higher sound quality, but as with the vertical CD
player, never achieved the popularity of the slide out tray design.
Most CD Players released in the late 1980's and beyond were similar to the
original tray loading styles, but included a few key differences. Newer models
began to feature tray loading with sliding mechanisms, which basically allowed
the CD player's transport system to slide out as a single unit. The sliding
mechanisms effectively reduced jitter and distortion found in the earlier CD
The most recent innovation to the design of CD Players was the new slot
loading design. This model did not include a slide-out tray, but instead
incorporated a small disc motor that assisted users in inserting and ejecting
CD's. The slot loading design quickly became the prominent model for use in
motorized vehicles, Playstations and other gaming systems, the Apple Macbook
and most other audio players. They were and still are popular because of their
ability to improve sound quality and the ease of use found with the assisting
Although use of CD Players continues to decline, they retain their
significance and are still installed in most vehicles, gaming systems and
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