The Most Expensive CD in the World
The worlds most expensive CD went on sale at the Takashimaya department store at Nihonbashi. The CD costs a piffling 10,000,000 yen (about 100,836 USD) and comes with a platinum case with 2 carats worth of embedded diamonds.
The first glass CD made available to the public was Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air on G String,” sold by N & F Label for around $883. Judging by the lack of media attention in the years since it was released, though, you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for your favorite band’s entire discography to be released on glass.
The Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data. It was originally developed to store and playback sound recordings exclusively, but later expanded to encompass data storage (CD-ROM), write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), Video Compact Discs (VCD), Super Video Compact Discs (SVCD), PhotoCD, PictureCD, CD-i, and Enhanced CD. Audio CDs and audio CD players have been commercially available since October 1982.
Standard CDs have a diameter of 120 millimetres (4.7 in) and can hold up to 80 minutes of uncompressed audio or 700 MB (700 × 220 bytes) of data. The Mini CD has various diameters ranging from 60 to 80 millimetres (2.4 to 3.1 in); they are sometimes used for CD singles, storing up to 24 minutes of audio or delivering device drivers.
The CD without the platinum case and diamonds can be found at Amazon for just a bit cheaper at 1,980 yen. Sankei reports that the publisher of the CD Universal Music is trying to get the worlds most expensive CD into the Guinness Book Of Records.