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The CD-ROM is an extension of the Audio CD format, on which data other than audio can also be saved. This technology was launched in 1984, just two years after the introduction of the CD. By the way, the name is an abbreviation for “Compact Disc Read-Only Memory”. It just does not sound as snappy as CD-ROM.

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Software and games

To read a CD-ROM, you need a computer with a CD-ROM, DVD or Blu-ray player. Reading is possible, overwriting is not. These carriers usually contain software or video games. Smaller versions with a diameter of 0,31 inch (80 mm) also exist.

Did you know …

… that a standard CD-ROM has a capacity of 737 MB? The successor of these disks, the DVD-ROM, has a capacity of 4.7 GB. That is more than six CD-ROMs!

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