I burn a lot of music CDs and lately I’ve started to question the durability of my CD-Rs. I always assumed that all blank CDs are basically the same and all last for at least dozens of years. I didn’t worry about my music, I thought that when I had burned any disc that music is safe as long as I live. But after I’d seen this site and read several threads here I’ve started to worry about my discs… I don’t use top quality Cd-Rs but the music I burn is very important to me. I’d like to know if I worry for nothing or do I have reason for genuine concern for the discs.
My local stores don’t have a good selection of blank media and I mainly burn music to TDK “Life on Record” silver discs, made in China by CMC. I’ve burned more than 100 of those CD-Rs during the past month and out of that amount only 2-3 discs didn’t burn successfully. I don’t know if the CDs have any read errors but they all play fine in my stereo. But I’ve read on this site that blank media by CMC Magnetics Corporation is crap and basically no-one should use those discs. Is there a real threat that these CMC discs will stop working during the next few years? Even if I take good care of the discs, they won’t have any scratches or anything, they’re just gonna degrade on their own, lose data and five years from now I can’t play any of these CDs?
I have many CDs that were burned early in the 2000s, 7-8 years ago, and all of them play flawlessly. And I’m not aware that CD-Rs normally lose data quickly, I had never heard about that before I saw this site. No CD-Rs that I know are advertised as lasting longer than other CD-Rs, and when I ask about the longevity of blank media in some local store they say nothing about Cd-Rs degrading in a couple of years. Even so, this recent fear has stressed me so much that I’ve been thinking if I should stop collecting concerts completely - even though no CD of mine has ever stopped working! So I wonder if I’m just paranoid about this thing… I mean you guys are blank media freaks/nerds (I don’t mean that in a bad way), right? Perhaps your requirements for blank media are just much higher than is actually necessary for “regular” people?
In any case, I’d like to use as good quality blank discs as possible as I definitely want to file CDs well to my music archives. But unfortunately I can’t find any Japanese-made CD-Rs in my country. I’d like to buy Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs but I can’t; they’re not available in my country and I don’t know any online store that has genuine Taiyo Yudens and delivers here. I tried the British SVP store, but they don’t deliver to other countries. If someone knows a good online store that delivers Taiyo Yudens all over Europe, I’d appreciate the info. And if CMC discs really are crap and I can’t buy TY, what would be a better option for me?
And just out of curiosity I’d like to ask why aren’t blank CD-Rs and DVD-Rs made the same way as the “non-blank” music and movie CDs and DVDs that you can buy in any store? No-one doubts the longevity and quality of them so wouldn’t it be a good idea to use the same materials, same dye etc. for blank CD-Rs that CD factories use for regular music CDs?
Thanks for the help.