Importantly, Russell, as well as Sony and Philips, were inspired by different aspects to develop the compact disc. To Russell, he experimented with laser light and optical digital recording with the aim of developing a device to store digital data. Notably, whereas researchers had managed to develop a hard disk that could store approximately 1.44MB, this was ineffective in carrying large files. Therefore, Russell was inspired to develop a light-weight data storage device that was light enough to make it portable and capable of storing large amounts of data at the same time. On the other hand, Sony and Philips were inspired to develop the compact disc with the aim of creating a device that could digitally store audio file, thus bringing a revolution in the entertainment industry. Therefore, in both cases, the inspiration to develop the compact disc was motivated by the need to address the problem of digital data storage in one way or the other.
One of the issues to note about the compact disc is the fact that it has had a considerable political, economic, social and culture impacts. Notably, its establishment as a digital recording media created a platform for companies, artists, producers and retailers to benefit immensely on an economic perspective. Note that immediately after its launch, whereas it cost $1,000 per unit, by 1984, 400,000 units had been sold, thus generating massive income not only for Sony and Philips but also for retailers, musicians and music producers. Furthermore, because of its portability, the compact disc has been instrumental in transforming the social and political spheres of different societies worldwide because of its use as a tool to record and produce messages that have an impact on the social and political lives of people. In addition, the compact disc made it easier to transform the cultural perspectives of different societies around the globe. For instance, the hip hop culture relied heavily on the compact disc to transform the cultural orientation of different societies, thus establishing the hip hop culture around the globe.
The compact disc is one of the media tools that are credited for transforming the music industry. Notably, the music industry thrived in the 1980s and 1990s because of the compact disc, which played a critical role in enabling easy recording and production of music. In this case, music artists and producers found it easier to quickly produce numerous copies of music and easily distribute them not only on the local markets but also on international markets. Therefore, the compact disc will leave behind a legal as a digital media tool that supported the rapid growth of the music industry. Despite the positive legacy of the compact disc, there have been numerous concerns on its impact on the environment and the ecosystem in its entirety. Notably, compact discs are manufactured using materials such as petroleum-based paints and lacquer, poly-carbonate plastics and metals such as aluminium among others. Note that these materials are harmful to the environment both during the manufacture of compact discs as well as during their destruction when they become obsolete. Speaking from this point of view, the compact disc is likely to leave behind a negative legacy because of its dire impacts on the environment.
In conclusion, the compact disc is one of the critical inventions in the 20th century that transformed how digital data is stored. In particular, this invention played an instrumental role in transforming the music industry through providing media platform to easily record and mass produce music. Whereas this is the case, it is essential to point out that compact discs have a negative impact on the environment particular during their manufacture as well as during their destruction when they become obsolete.