The latest new formats using compac disc technology, which record companies will introduce in the spring include:
CD-3, a 3-inch CD featuring ôsingles." Record companies haven't yet settled on how much music will be on the CD-3s, which can hold up to 20 minutes. Current CD players can play them, with an adaptc Warner/Elektra/Atlantic, the world' s second-largest record conglomerate, will be the first major label to begin selling CD-3s. WEA hasn't announced any titles, but its artists include Madonna, Paul Simon, and Prince. Cost: $3-$5.
CD-V, short for CD-Video, is the the name for videodisc. About 2,500 videodis titles, mostly movies and concerts, are already available. Videodisc players hay been sold in the USA since 1981, but onl. about 500,000 have been sold. Consumers instead opted for VCRs. The industry thinks the time is right to try again. There are now three formats: the standard 12-inch disc for movies, 8-inch for' long-form concerts, and the new 5-inch gold CD-V, which costs about $8 and contains four audio songs and one video clip. All can be played on current videodisc players. AM&M, Capitol, PolyGram, RCA, Chrysalis, Island and Virgin Records plans to sell the 5-inch CD-Vs.
New players capable of playing regular CDs, CD-3s and all three formats of CD-Vs are expected from 18 companies. The average price is expected to be $800.