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 Caddy User's manual Cables
Donation from Mr Brian R. Livingston - internet Macintosh user group (iMug), 22/2/2007
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