Sony D-5: The First Mobile CD Player

7/30/2012 9:34:18 AM

There are not many people who still keep D-5, the predecessor version of mobile generation of Sony Discman.

In the end of 1984, only about a year after Sony introduced the first family CD player CDP-101, they continued launching the first mobile CD player, D-5 version. This version created a music revolution in audio market at that time. In 1970s, portable cassettes of Sony Walkman ruled the roost as iPod nowadays, so the mobile CD player will undoubtedly be the next revolution.

Description: Sony D-5 was released in late 1984.

Sony D-5 was released in late 1984.

However at that time, people were still absorbed in analog music. Most people still played plastic records, tapes, partly because CD cost twice than a LP. The spokesman of Sony, Marc Finer recalls, the combined output of all CD makers who sold in North America in the first years was only 35000 products. Thus, Sony launched D-5 whose retail price was 300 USD, acceptable price to enter the market because it was less than half the price of the most expensive home CD player of Sony at that time. In addition, Sony launched a promotional campaign with MTV program along with CBS, RCA, Warner and Polygram to attract young people to access to new technology. Simutaneously, Sony also released the same version named D-50 for markets outside North America.

Despite being portable disc player, D-5 is equipped with removable AC power to use at home. Finer recalls that there was a large number of D-5 which users always kept at home to use as home CD player instead of a mobile device.

Till now, there are, even though not many, people keeping the first D-5 version of Sony with good quality. This device was not useful as a mobile CD player because D-5 didn’t have cache memory to prevent from turning to another song, so it was just only brought while walking slowly. It couldn’t be worn while users were running as current players.

Description: Sony D-5

Sony D-5

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