1985

Compact discs begin to change both the music and computer industries.

They replace computers’ floppy discs, which have limited storage and can be erased by magnets. And music collectors like that they are more portable and less easily damaged than vinyl albums or cassette tapes. By the 1990s, the format dominates the market.

3M takes advantage of new technology to release its MS2® modular splicing system, which makes it fast and easy to join telephone cables without interrupting service.