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http://www.pristineclassical.com/pasc222.html

This site states:

Karajan played an important role in the development of the original compact
disc <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_disc> digital audio format. He
championed this new consumer playback technology, lent his prestige to it
and appeared at the first press conference announcing the format. The
maximum playing time of CD prototypes was sixty minutes but the final
specification enlarged the disc size and extended the capacity to
seventy-four minutes. There are various stories regarding this, one of
which is that this was due to Karajan's insistence that the format have
sufficient capacity to contain Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._9_%28Beethoven%29> on a single
disc. Kees Schouhamer Immink
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kees_Schouhamer_Immink>, a Philips
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philips> research engineer and fellow of
the Audio
Engineering Society <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Engineering_Society>,
denies the Beethoven <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beethoven> connection.

Paul Urbahns
Radcliff, Ky