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 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

Check this out:

http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/the-library-of-congress-wants-to-destroy-your-old-cds-for-science/370804/

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The inevitable, well I am giving my body to science so why not my cd's.The world goes on.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Horse-hockey

They last somewhere between 50 and 100 years, or longer. There is no such thing as 'rot' but delamination. Any aging is exacerbated by temperature, humidity and abrasions.

I recently got a disc that was pressed 25 years ago and it is absolutely perfect and plays without a single flaw, and appears shiny and new, with no physical changes at all.

In reality, with care, the CD's will outlive us. So who cares?

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Just to be sure, we should send them every single Justin Bieber CD in the world.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

It's also better not to muck up the top of your CDs with labels...or even permanent markers. "The moment you start to write on that top layer, you're setting yourself up for degradation"

I wonder if that applies to people with tattoos.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

"CD players have long since given up on most of the burned mixes I made in college."

That's because they are on CD-Rs. That's got nothing to do with how long pressed CDs will last.

(I have precisely ONE bought, pressed CD - out of thousands - that stopped working, and that is the "Ultimate Edition" of STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, though I believe that was due to the material used in the digipak in the European release reacting with the CD, so it's very much a rare case.)

(Saying that, my DVD of SEVEN DAYS IN MAY also stopped working. Not sure why.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Ed Lachmann   (Member)

Well, I must be especially lucky then, because two REALLY early CDs from Japan a record producer friend gave me when I visited him in Rio de Janeiro in 1982 still look and play just like brand new. It took me years to be able to buy a CD player to be able to listen to them on. Since then I've collected thousands and ALL of them (that I know of) play just like they were new, as well. Is the CD genie just watching over me and nobody else? The "burned" ones I've made, however, not so much luck.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

My first two CD's "American Tail" and "Glory" play just as fine today as when I purchased them. I've never had a burnt CD go bad either.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

So called "CD Rot" is a nothing story.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

So called "CD Rot" is a nothing story.

Just make sure anyway and take your CDs twice a year to the CDentist.

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Science - First they wanted my body, now they want my CD's...

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Yet another scare story, well it makes a change from reading just how doomed Blu-rays are. I've checked CD's I bought in 1984, & CD's I burned 15 years ago (on a Sony audio CD recorder), & have yet to find a bad one. Just store the stuff properly.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

"CD players have long since given up on most of the burned mixes I made in college."

That's because they are on CD-Rs. That's got nothing to do with how long pressed CDs will last.

(I have precisely ONE bought, pressed CD - out of thousands - that stopped working, and that is the "Ultimate Edition" of STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, though I believe that was due to the material used in the digipak in the European release reacting with the CD, so it's very much a rare case.)

(Saying that, my DVD of SEVEN DAYS IN MAY also stopped working. Not sure why.)


Maybe the CD merely rejected that music...

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

I have hardly any problems with any CDs i have puchased or any CDR for that matter , yes the odd one is faulty, the cynical side of me suggests it is purely scarmongering by various companies trying to get people to download off the net.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I have a Joe Harnell double CD-R album that's not doing so well. I'm re-ripping my entire collection and these CD-Rs are the biggest problems I've encountered so far. EAC still managed clean rips.
I've encountered single tracks on pressed CDs that have given me trouble, but nothing unreadable so far.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

The one pressed disc I've ever had a problem with was the the Welles Raises Kane/Obsession combo, which is infamous. All of the others play just fine. And i have thousands.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Just to be sure, we should send them every single Justin Bieber CD in the world.


LOL... thank you for the laugh. :-)


In any case, I purchased my first CDs in 1987... among them ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (Intrada) and THE BLUE MAX (Varese Sarabande).

They all play and look perfectly fine. Of course, I don't keep them burried in compost most of the time but still...

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Yes, the ubiquity of a once dominant media is again receding. Like most of the technology we leave behind, CDs are are being forgotten slowly. Eventually, even the fragments disappear. No more metallic shards of broken discs glinting from the gutter. No more old strands of tape cassette tangled in tree branches like tinsel. We stop using old formats little by little. They stop working. We stop replacing them. And, before long, they're gone.

Sniff-sniff.
This last paragraph made me a little sad.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

It's also better not to muck up the top of your CDs with labels...or even permanent markers. "The moment you start to write on that top layer, you're setting yourself up for degradation"

What is the proper way to label CD-Rs then?

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It's also better not to muck up the top of your CDs with labels...or even permanent markers. "The moment you start to write on that top layer, you're setting yourself up for degradation"

What is the proper way to label CD-Rs then?


I use markers. Just write softly. Don't press down hard on the disc surface.

 
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