On 2 March 1983 the CD was launched it the US and Canada (it was October the previous year in Japan). Australia was not far behind. I bought the second CD player to be sold in Canberra, or so I was told by the retailer, on 25 May 1983. It was the Sony CDP-101. The other day I stumbled across the receipt:
Expensive, huh? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s inflation calculator, that $1,199 in June 1983 is equivalent to $3,494 in December 2012.