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Re: [ARSCLIST] The ways CD's and DVD's can fail.
Thanks for the info. I'll certainly keep it in mind if I buy or resell any
old CD's. I believe there are lots of people who still don't know about
this. See also my reply to Mike, also posted today for more comments.
At 12/6/2006 11:50 AM -0800, you wrote:
This is all very old news,that has been discussed for years since the
early 90s,in regards to CDs.I can't speak for DVDs,but I would imagine
it's very similar.I first read about this probem, in "Goldmine",and "The
Absolute Sound",two magazines well known for their anti-CD bias,where it
was discussed extensively.There were pro-CD advocates,who called us
alarmist and luddites,but the increasing number of CDs from the 80s,that
are now unplayable bear us out.
I have tried selling older CDs ,on eBay,and I must say it's a crap
shoot.Earlier this year,I sold one of those pre-1986 Columbia Paul
McCartney CDs,pressed by Sony in Japan.It was returned to me as
unplayable.Before I tossed it out,I popped it in my computer to play
it.Indeed there were large sections of the CD,where there was dead
silence. Comparing the surface to a new CD,there was indeed subtle,but
noticeable discoloration.Was this caused by oxidation,or electronic altering ?
The collector CD market is going under,but it is still there for now. I
would never recommend selling an older CD without playing it
first.Lamination peel,and leaching of paint into the disc's playing
surface are both very common problems.
I remember encountering the latter problem as long ago,as 1989,when I
worked in a record store,and bought used CDs.
The archival quality of gold as a medium,is well established,and companies
who make audiophile CDs that sell for 4-5 times what a regular CD
does,have been using 24k gold on thier CDs,since about 1988-89 or so.
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Email: rwfrazier AT macdatasecurity DOT com (replace the AT and DOT by hand)
I am an independent consultant interested in exploring ways to archive data
over long periods of time.
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