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On 09/09/2014, Paul Urbahns wrote:

> Paul Stamler wrote:
>> 
>> 5" was also an attractive size because the player for a 5" disc
>> would fit
>> into the standard cutout in a car's dashboard. At the time many cars
>> had
>> radio/cassette players, and the Compact Disc was intended as a
>> replacement
>> for the Compact Cassette, to use the formal names for each format.
> 
> 
> I agree Paul that makes a lot of sense, and even though Tom Fine makes
> a case fir Rock music, Rock is basically 2 - 3 minute songs compiled.
> 
> I can see where you would take the longest classical piece (they are
> usually played through at once) and develop a playing time to fit.
> That way all the others should.

It's a pity they didn't make the playing time long enough for Karajan's
performances of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony rather than Beethoven's
Ninth.

Some of the faster performances of the Bruckner do squeeze onto one CD.
> 
> But as you say physical size was important (where have I heard that
> line before???) and we all remember how important the auto industry
> was to 8 Tracks!
> 
> Paul Urbahns
> Radcliff, Ky
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-- 
Don Cox
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