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Peter Grindley

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288077

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288077.001.0001

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Compact Disc and Digital Audio Tape: The Importance of Timing

Compact Disc and Digital Audio Tape: The Importance of Timing

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(p.99) 5 Compact Disc and Digital Audio Tape: The Importance of Timing
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Standards, Strategy, and Policy
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Peter Grindley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288077.003.0005

This chapter illustrates the importance of timing and the complementary support in establishing new standards. It discusses the conflicts involved in using industry standards committees and how they attempt to sponsor two standards at the same time. The contest between CD and DAT shows the crucial importance of timing and its corresponding support to establish new standards. Leading manufacturers have incorporated into its market the importance of timing and complementary support in establishing new standards. It has been proven that the CD was a greater success than the DAT, and the DAT took second place because of the dynamics of standards which meant not merely a postponement, but the permanent exclusion of the DAT from the main market.

Keywords:   manufacturers, digital audio tape, DAT, timing, compact disc (CD), CD, tape cassette

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