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Old 08-19-2017, 07:19 PM   #21
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http://www.historyofinformation.com/...ed.php?id=3541 ... 1984
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_disc

In the 70s we were buying 8-track tapes, LPs (analog vinyl) and cassette tapes.
My 8-track tapes still play, but they lost their effervescence. My cassette tapes; I can hear noise coming from the other side, during quiet passages..even music snippets. ...Commercial tapes.
Albums? They are the very best, even better than CDs from the 80s and 90s.

Blu-rays? It's been with us for only ten years (2006).

HD DVDs? I have few rotten ones.

DVDs? Some from Universal and Criterion Collection went totally caput.

Laserdiscs? I have no clue.

CDs? Pinholes from the 80s pressings...bad. Some factories in Canada =- very bad.

VHS tapes? Usually the machines goes caput before the tapes (extensive use).

Reel-to-reel tapes? They need careful storing or else ...

What did I forget? ...Audiophile downloads from HD Track? Hi-res music/movie downloads? Tidal? AM/FM radio? HD radio? Youtube?

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Old 06-30-2020, 04:07 AM   #22
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Why would the plastic degrade? I could imagine them lasting centuries.
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I'm guessing most of those examples are the result of faulty pressing rather than expected life of disks.

So far I can't say I'v ever had an issue with any CD or DVD besides scratching them up myself.
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That's a really good point, I've never considered it before when it comes to physical media. I've always just assumed that disks would last long enough, and that I always worry with digital media about the service one day shutting down and loosing access!
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To date it's only been pressed discs that have gone bad on me, albeit a very, very low percentage of them and in each case other people online had the same issue with the disc(s) in question, i.e. bad pressings. I backup everything I own to BD-R. Not a single BD-R has turned sour on me. In fact, not a single DVD+R has turned sour on me and we're talking about backups I made during the early years of the DVD format. Personally I don't understand why so many on these forums get their panties in a bunch over BD-R releases. To each his own naturally.
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