BASF shows first DCC tape
BASF was one of the first companies that showed interest in supplying the standard chrome videotape used in the digital cassettes. The DCC system also got early support from tape duplication companies Sonopress and Cinram (Billboard 1991.09.14). Later on support came from Lenco, Memtek and Sunkyong (Billboard 1992.05.30). Cinram signed up for producing the cassetteboxes and D-0 shells. On the Las Vegas CES in January 1992 first prerecorded DCC were shown. Among them including material from artists like Bobby Brown, Tom Petty and U2. Philips has always said they have 500 prerecorded DCC’s ready when the hardware is introduced. In May 1992 record companies released the names of the first 150 artists whose material will be issued on DCC. Among them are Bon Jovi, Boys II Men, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Dire Straits, Heavy D. & the Boyz, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M. and Paul Simon. Koch International signed an agreement with Philips to produce 1 million Digital audiocassettes per year from August 1 1992 on, at its facility in Elbigenalp, Austria. Koch said that by the launch of DCC in September, the company will be offering 30 titles in the format, covering classical, pop and folk (Billboard 1992-07-11).