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Are your CDs dying a slow death?
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14 May 2014
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http://www.theatlantic.com/tec.....ce/370804/

This article says so...apparently, according to this article, early CDs from the 1980's are likely to have no data left on them and they won't work anymore....but personally I think the article is completely wrong. All of my 30+ year old CDs are in perfect condition (with the exception of a few used CDs I bought from other people's collections, which occasionally do have a bit of edge rot, but nothing affecting play).

Anyone have any "dead" CDs?

This article disturbed me because I have over 2,000 CDs...I would hate to find out one day they didn't work anymore. I was also a bit disturbed to find out that they are phasing out CD drives on computers.

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14 May 2014
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Take care of your CDs and they won't die, just don't leave them in your car in th summer like the article said haha. I have no CDs, only pretty old vinyl I take care of, and music stored in my computer.

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14 May 2014
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Well, I have a copy of Sgt. Pepper from the first CD releases in 1987 that still works fine (sneak a track from it into the show every now and then), for what that's worth.

Being in broadcasting for so long, I'm so ingrained to take such pristine care of CDs and DVDs that you'll be hard-pressed to find any scratches or fingerprints on any of the discs.

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Yeah, I've been buying CDs (new & used) since 1990 so I must have some manufactured in the '80s. They play just fine whenever I pull 'em out.

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I have the 1987 CD releases and they all work fine.

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Mine still work, though some of my early dual-layer DVDs have died due to 'disk rot' of the binding material used to keep the two layers together (this happened as they used material that had been shown to be faulty on laserdiscs - they assumed it was the flexibility of the latter causing the problems but it proved to be 'bad glue').

CD-Rs are dying with age, and those are the ones the author mentioned in the first para.  How long the rest will last is still unknown.  Video tape also gets worse with age unless you occasionally play or fast forward / rewind - as the magnetic material interacts when stored too long (same for old audio tapes).

Yes, LPs may well prove to be all that survives the apocalypse :)

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I find this hard to believe.  As long as you don't abuse your CDs, I don't see how this'll happen.  I've never personally seen/heard it happen.

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Although, the thing about CD drives being phased out of computer making is bad. I need a CD drive.

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What's a CD?  Is that some archaic technology invented by Alexander Graham Bell from the days of silent movies?blue-meanie

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Although, the thing about CD drives being phased out of computer making is bad. I need a CD drive.

I don't understand how they could pull something like that off.  I mean, aren't many computer programs still being produced on CD?

 

(I'm just going to come straight out and admit that I haven't read the whole thing.)

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My mom's new laptop she got last year doesn't have a disc drive. 

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Funny Paper said
What's a CD?  Is that some archaic technology invented by Alexander Graham Bell from the days of silent movies?blue-meanie

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I was watching an ancient South Park episode today (from 2001) and they berated a rich person for having a DVD player "what the hell's a DVD?". Now that's dated 

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
My mom's new laptop she got last year doesn't have a disc drive. 

My point still stands, though.  Do they just assume that you'll download all your programs off the Internet?

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Necko said

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My mom's new laptop she got last year doesn't have a disc drive. 

My point still stands, though.  Do they just assume that you'll download all your programs off the Internet?

Yeah I know. That was actually one of my first thoughts (though different). Which is, by not including a disc drive, I, at least, am going to turn to illegal downloads for my albums (well, turn more).

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The info about disc drives is not from that article. I just happened to come across the fact that Apple no longer makes computers with disc drives. Apparently you can buy an external drive that connects with a USB if you still have any of those "dinosaur" CDs.

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Apparently you can buy an external drive that connects with a USB if you still have any of those "dinosaur" CDs.

I figured that something like that would be an option.

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Yes, LPs may well prove to be all that survives the apocalypse :)

LP's can't die! They're still the best (although not most convenient) medium for playing music.

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"dinosaur" CDs.

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The info about disc drives is not from that article. I just happened to come across the fact that Apple no longer makes computers with disc drives. Apparently you can buy an external drive that connects with a USB if you still have any of those "dinosaur" CDs.

It will be to force encourage people to download from itunes or buy some expensive extra that needs some stupid connection that is changed every few years so you have to buy another*. When you see 'Apple' think money, rip-off, incompetent, stupid, and unneccesary extras - its very nice and helpful of each 'Apple' aspiring to be the same as the other. 

 

As for cd's dying i also have cd's from the mid-80's that work fine. Look after them and they will survive.

 

*Alternate places to download exist as do other non-official products for your devices but the hope is the customer stays with Apple. 

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Funny that I should come across this thread having just dealt with a dead CD. I've got only myself to blame for it's death, though. I lent it to a friend a while back and just happened to find it in his car yesterday. Partly melted, partly scratched and God knows what other horrible torture it's gone through. Bye, bye, my 1986 Michael Jackson's Thriller CD. 

As for the million other CD's I have and never listen to, they all seem to be fine. 

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It will be to force encourage people to download from itunes or buy some expensive extra that needs some stupid connection that is changed every few years so you have to buy another*. When you see 'Apple' think money, rip-off, incompetent, stupid, and unneccesary extras – its very nice and helpful of each 'Apple' aspiring to be the same as the other. 

I view Apple exactly the same. There's a common understanding among the people I know that an iPhone is for a rather, ehm, well, stupid person. It's a way show off that you have money, really, by owning an Apple product. All you can do is buy stuff on an Apple device. I have no idea how they've managed to brainwash so many people.
Please don't take me personally; My opinion is coming from a poor country where downloading and transferring those *illegaly* downloaded files is, well, almost legal, and definitely common.

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