Talented vocalist and songwriter Adele just released a recording of a new suite of original songs called 25 to great acclaim. It’s a bestseller even though it can’t be heard on Spotify or other streaming services. Some fans have downloaded the digital album from the Web, but many others have purchased it in solid form, as something called a Compact Disc or CD.
CD buyers receive a small square flat thing with Adele’s photo on it containing a round flat CD, an audio recording format popular from the 1980s until about 2004. There’s also a printed booklet with photos of the artist singing, playing the piano, and biting her fingernails (though not concurrently) and printed credits.
While Adele appeals to people of all ages, many younger fans have never owned an audio CD before and may be puzzled by the antique technology. Never fear, Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos has written an illustrated guide “For Those Who Bought Adele’s CD And Don’t Know How To Play It.” Is it too early for Nobel Prize nominations?
“Adele pioneers use of ‘compact disc’ format with new album ’25,'” By Nayomi Reghay, Daily Dot
“You’ll have to listen to Adele’s ’25’ like this is the year 2004,” Andrew Sims, Hypable
“Adele’s 25 becomes the US’s biggest selling album of the year,” Reuters, via The Guardian
“Adele Didn’t Need Streaming Services to Break the Charts, but Everyone Else Probably Will,” Mark Bergen, Re/Code
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