Optical Discs

Compact Disc and MiniDisc comparisonOptical disc formats from the Compact Disc onwards for digital music playback, and in some cases, recording.

Dates are approximate and refer to availability in the UK or Europe where known, otherwise for US or elsewhere.

1980s

Compact Disc (1983 -)

CD single (1985 – )

Compact LaserDisc (1986)

CD+G (CD+Graphics) (1986 – )

CD-Video (1987 – 1992)

Mini CD single (1988 – early 1990s)

CD-BGM (1989 – late 2000s)

1990s

Minimax Compact Disc (1990s – )

Holographic Compact Disc (1991 – 1996)

CD-i Ready (1991 – 1998)

QSound Compact Disc (1991 – 2001)

MiniDisc (1992 – 2013)

Compact Disc-Recordable (CD-R) (1992 – )

Enhanced CD (1994 – )

High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) (1995 – )

XRCD (1995 – )

Shaped Compact Disc (1996 – )

DTS 5.1 Music Disc (1997 – early 2000s)

Compact Disc Digital Audio Recordable (CD-R Audio) (1997 – 2010s)

Super Audio CD (SACD) (1999 – )

2000s

Copy-protected Compact Disc (2000 – 2006)

DVD-Audio (2000 -)

DataPlay (2002 – mid 2000s)

Hi-MD (2004 – 2011)

DualDisc (2005 – 2009)

Super High Material CD (2007 – )

VinylDisc (2007 – )

Blu-spec CD (2008 – )

2010s

High Fidelity Pure Audio (2013 – )

UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality Compact Disc) (2015 – )