The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science)

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  1. ronjor

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  2. Veeshush

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-R


    For backup I've just started playing around with Blu-ray discs. There's also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-DISC that claims to last "1,000 years" but I doubt anyone would rely on any backup medium over 10 years before copying everything over to a newer medium.
     
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    I'm not too concerned with storage medium lifespan. Refresh and migrate are king!
     
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    So consumers will need to replace what the've already paid for, again ! The scandal of the "market"

    What will probably happen, is people will replace with lower quality media such as mp3/itunes etc. What a world !
     
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    Sounds like bollocks to me – I have an extensive collection of music CDs – many dating back to the 90's. Not one of the commercially recorded CDs shows any sign of problems. They will probably outlast me! Too early to tell with stuff recorded on my laptop – oldest CD is only 3 years young!

    I do play them on a good quality CD player (Marantz) – I think the most likely cause of CD deterioration is playing them on crap (and dusty) devices – leaving them in the sun (eg, in your vehicle) and using those horrible (cheap) slot feed players which cause the lateral scratches so often seen on CDs.
     
  6. Noob

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    Well i've had lots of random CDs fail due to age/wear.
    Cant comment on commercially recorded CDs though since i dont own many. Hahahaha
     
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    When CDs came out they told us they would last for 100 years. I guess we'll see if those 1,000 year claims hold up.
     
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    There's roughly a 10 year lifespan on anything before a better medium to hold the data comes out. Like even if you had floppy disk that still worked (I do), good luck finding a machine to put them now.

    Those M-DISC though, I'd be amazed if anyone uses them come 20 years from now (I don't know of anyone who even uses them now)
     
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