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Sunday, March 22nd, 1987 Alive 5,808 days

I got another compact music disc. Itʼs Substance by New Order.

This disc sounds very different from my Invisible Touch compact disc. Itʼs very crisp and thumpy. I wonder if itʼs because New Order plays electronic instruments, instead of analog instruments like Genesis, and the player is electronic instead of analog.

The compact disc box came with a leaflet inside:

The compact disc digital audio system offers the best possible sound reproduction—on a small, convenient disc. Its remarkable performance is the result of a unique combination of digital storage and laser optics. For best results, you should apply the same care in storing and handling the compact disc as you would with conventional records. No cleaning is necessary if the compact disc is always held by its edges and replaced in its case directly after playing. If the compact disc becomes soiled by fingerprints, dust or dirt, it can be wiped (always in a straight line, from center to edge) with a clean and lint free soft, dry cloth. Never use a solvent or abrasive cleaner to clean the disc. If you follow these suggestions, the compact disc will provide a lifetime of listening enjoyment.

That seems like a lot of work for something thatʼs supposed to be better than tapes.

My uncle Joe says itʼs not better, though. He works for Panasonic and is working on a Digital Audio Tape, which is like a regular cassette tape, but smaller; and you can fast forward and rewind like a compact disc. He says itʼs also more durable than a compact disc. He says that if you get a compact disc scratched, even a tiny bit, itʼs ruined forever, and you canʼt just record over it like you can with his Digital Audio Tape.

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