Former Chairman and President of Sony, Norio Ohga, Dies at the Age of 81
Former Chairman and President of Sony and the man who has been credited with the development of the compact disc, Norio Ohga, died on April 23 due to multiple organ failure in Tokyo. He was 81 years old . Ohga was initially a student in music at the Tokyo University in 1953, Akio Morita, one of Sony's two founders, offered him the position of a consultant. He joined the company full time in1959. Sony bought CBS Records and Columbia in 1988 and 1989 respectively under his reign, the later being bought for $3.4 billion.
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Perhaps the most memorable decision he will be remembered for will be for the standardisation of the size of the compact disc to 12 centimeters and 75 minutes in length. It is said he made this decision so as to provide enough storage to allow listeners to hear all of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony without interruption.