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The Beethoven story is an urban myth. The truth is very lame. Remember 
the old American Automobile radio standard that had two knobs, one on 
each side, and space just wide enough for an 8-track cartridge in the 
middle? That's the size that was chosen.
Cheers
Shai
בתאריך 09/09/14 6:55 PM, ציטוט Paul Urbahns:
> 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.
>
> 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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Shai Drori
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