The ’90s Sucked – Ep. 10 – “Millions of AOL Discs Litter the Landscape”

This week on The ’90s Sucked! Adam and Chet look back on one of the most effective direct mail marketing campaigns of all-time…AOL’s infamous free internet service discs!

Download and Streaming Links

iTunes: https://apple.co/2IT9klR
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2ZoPuWe
Google: http://bit.ly/2KmYzv5
Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2Xp0eq2
Megaphone: http://bit.ly/2ZwXJzv

Reference Links

A Brief History

http://mentalfloss.com/article/87291/youve-got-mail-history-aols-free-trial-cds

Quora Thread About AOL Discs

https://www.quora.com/How-much-did-it-cost-AOL-to-distribute-all-those-CDs-back-in-the-1990s-Whose-idea-was-it

Campaign to Send Them All Back to AOL

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2440911.stm

AOL Got In Trouble With the SEC

https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/34-42781.htm

They’re Collectibles Now!

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kwxngw/inside-the-weird-world-of-aol-disc-collecting-511

The Internet Archive Project Has A Huge Collection Of Them Online

https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/internet-archive-aol-free-trial-cds/

Jan Brandt On the Internet History Podcast

http://www.internethistorypodcast.com/2014/08/she-gave-the-world-a-billion-aol-cds-an-interview-with-marketing-legend-jan-brandt/

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