Claim: When Philips and Sony developed the compact disc format in the late 1970s, they specifically set its maximum length at
Origins: When Philips and Sony began collaborating on the development of the compact disc, Philips produced an 11.5cm,
The multiplicity of reasons given for the
Since this accommodation could be accomplished by expanding the disc’s size from 11.5cm to 12cm and still maintain Ohga’s standard of “portability” (i.e., able to fit into a suit pocket), the change was made. There is no evidence to indicate what Ohga or Sony would have done had this expanded size still not been able to hold all of
The fact remains that nearly all modern-day recordings of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (including the von Karajan recording with the Berlin Philharmonic often cited as the reference recording) are several minutes shorter than the initial
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