Norio Ohga, Sony’s Father of the CD Dies at 81

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ohgaHaving worked at Sony since the 1960s, Mr. Ohga was around for some of the greatest innovations in the home entertainment we enjoy every day. He spearheaded Sony’s end of developing the CD format, creating the form factor we all know and love today by specifying it must be able to contain the 9th symphony. As a member of the executive board, he pushed for Sony’s acquisition of Columbia Tri-Star pictures, and the creation of Sony Computer Entertainment, which begat the PlayStation.

“By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed. It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and games, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san’s foresight and vision,” Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer said in a statement.

Our business has lost one of its true visionaries, so when you pop in a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray tonight, spare Mr. Ohga a thought or two while you enjoy it, because his fingerprints are all over virtually every piece of kit in your home.

Via: CNN

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