Wired has a nice item about the commercial introduction of the CD player in October 1982.
The CDP-101 did not come cheap nor did it come svelte. Early adopters had to part ways with the equivalent of $2,200 in today’s ducats for a single 14 x 5 x 12½-inch unit. Worse yet, the CD player’s media library was pathetic. At launch a mere 113 albums were available for purchase.
Compact discs themselves were not exactly inexpensive either. A single album sold for around $33 to $45 in today’s currency.
I was definitely not an early adopter here. I think the first compact disc I ever bought was XTC’s Oranges and Lemons, which was released in 1989.