Recording industry. By 1988 CDs had all but replaced LPs as the standard recording format. The remarkable success of the optical disc would never have been possible if the development of CD playing equipment had not kept pace with the demand for new and creative ways to use this versatile new format. The author's goals in writing this book, then, has been to chart the multi-faceted development of CD technology by explaining the technologies that have made it possible. Along the same lines, they have tried to present an accurate history of the development and standardization of the CD format, including a description of the recording and play-back process. Finally, the tremendous range of possibilities created by optical disc technology has been outlined by presenting information on fields on subjects related to it. This book should prove to be a useful reference for the layperson and professional alike.