When I was growing up, one of my earliest memories was my parents bringing home a huge new stereo from Sony in 1989 that had a magical boxy CD player. Today, CDs are cheap, hold low amounts of data, and are generally outdated since the advent of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and iPods. But back then, CDs and their players were expensive, futuristic, and had that incredible rainbow glow. Its hard to explain the awe we all felt in the golden age of CD technology, but luckily youtube has captured said awe via old technology commercials that glamorized these futuristic discs and devices…ENJOY…
VIDEO 1, Pioneer’s Incredible 6 disc CD changer. This video is incredible. Not only will Pioneer’s 6 disc system play your musical fantasies forever, you’ll be able to dance on neon lit pools of water with futuristic space witches!
VIDEO #2, The king of CD technology was obviously Sony, and their ads displayed the joy, spirit of community, and love that the power of CDs could bring. Here is an especially cheesy ad that reminds us that, “Nothing captures the power of music, like a CD, and nothing unleashes it, like a Sony.”
VIDEO #3, Did you know that Hitachi’s laser bay system challenged you from distinguishing live music from recorded music in your own living room? I can’t tell you how many times I’d wake up to the sound of music in my house and think that Pearl Jam was downstairs visiting my home, only to discover my older sister was just playing one of their CDs. Also, the idea of having a laser bay somewhere in your home was awesome.
VIDEO #4, Of course you can’t talk about CDs, without talking about their super cousins, the CD-ROM. CD-ROM’s finally let computers play awesome music, games, and videos. Check out Gateway’s incredibly strange video where the world’s greatest dad bestows upon his daughter a standard rig at a budget price. The best part comes when the girl asks the dad, “But what are you gonna use daddy?” Of course dad then proceeds to wordlessly strut through his magical neon pink lit room filled with the most awesome gear available.