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CD Reader - Apple CD 150, 1991 Object Reg. No: HT 13357

Apple CD ROM 150 reader with caddy, cables and manual.

The CD150 is the third member of an increasing performance series of external CD read only optical drives. The first in the series was released in 1988.

CDs were introduced because they could store in a small space the increased file sizes of the then new multi-megabyte applications. CDs rapidly replaced floppy disks for the distribution of applications.

The Apple CD 150 was a data reader and an audio player, allowing music , for example, to be played on a computer. The Reader could not write onto CDs.

The CD 150 was released in 1991 and required a holder ('caddy') to hold the CD before it could be read. The reader utilised a faster data delivery system than contemporary arrangements to transfer data to the computer's hard disk.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple Company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
CD Reader
User's manual
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Brian Livingston - internet Macintosh user group (iMug), 2007
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: see parts records for dimensions

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Tagged with: compact disc readers, computer hardware, computers, computing
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Digital Video 1991, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: storage and retrieval
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1991

Apple hired Sony to make the CD reader.


Taylor Posted on 15 Aug 2014 1:36 AM

Unfortunately, this is inaccurate. Apple's first CD drive was the AppleCD SC released in 1988. The second CD drive was the AppleCD SC Plus...the next in line was the CD 150 you see here.


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