> Frank Berger wrote:
>> Personally, I believe this largely a false Internet-propogated myth.
>> CD-Rs, in general, will outlive their owners.
I prefer facts
On 12 Jan 2022 Néstor Castiglione wrote:
> Unfortunately, I've been unlucky with CD-Rs. Out of the several hundred
> CD-Rs I acquired between the late 1990s and early 2000s, most consisting
> of needle drops a dear and now long gone collector friend made for me of
> various acoustic and early electrical rarities, exactly four remain
> playable to this day. The rest had become unplayable already by 2007,
> when I moved into my first apartment. They were well cared for and
> always stored away from direct sunlight. I've avoided purchasing CD-Rs
> whenever possible ever since, but do continue to use them to make
> personal copies of music to play in my car.
and it's a fact that there were/are many substandard CD-Rs on the market
which became/become unplayable after a few years. The good news:
unplayable discs make good coasters ;-).
There were/are also reliable brands/manufacturers, but I don't know
what's on the market nowadays. Besides, the name on the packaging was/is
often only a label, not the manufacturer's name, and brand names can be
licensed to (trading) companies who buy whatever they can get for as
little money as possible and then stick a brand name on the product.
'If you used a computer between 1997 and 2005, you probably burned
valuable data to at least one recordable CD (CD-R) or DVD-R.
Unfortunately, these have a limited lifespan, and many have already
become unreadable. That’s why it’s important to back up your recordable
discs before it’s too late—here’s how to do it.'
There are archival grade CD-Rs, but they are more expensive than
Blasts from the past: