Ok - hypothetical situation.
I want to archive something, and want it to be retrievable after say, 20 years or more. No, not likely, but play along with me.
What I want to know - are there true “professional” recordable CDs or DVDs? You know, something a studio might use to make a master from?
Cost no object. $5-10 a CD, $10-20 a DVD even.
But it’s gotta be near bullet-proof. None of this hard plastic on the business side, and flimsy deposited “foil” on the other. Hard, HARD plastic on BOTH sides, and something that the kids aren’t likely to scratch dropping it on the floor.
I mean, (no I’m not, buuuuut…) say I were dying and I want to make pictures / video to leave my kids. In that case, most people wouldn’t care if a DVD cost $50 for 1 blank if they KNEW it was going to survive.
On a more practical level, SOMETIMES I really want to keep something long-term. Family photos and such. And the crap at CompUSUCKS and WorstBuy just isn’t cutting it, even the crap labeled “photo archive” and “professional black” or whatever. :Z Even the Taiyo Yudens after a couple years the top layer is a bit delicate. But silver CDs, pressed at the factory, last FOR-EVER. I have a couple CDs that were released just after the first home CD players came out, and they are STILL in good condition. Why aren’t there any recordables that are like that?