Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Original Pop CDs Now Unplayable as Rot Sets in; BAD NEWS FOR MUSIC FANS WHO DITCHED VINYL TO SPEND THOUSANDS ON COMPACT DISCS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Original Pop CDs Now Unplayable as Rot Sets in; BAD NEWS FOR MUSIC FANS WHO DITCHED VINYL TO SPEND THOUSANDS ON COMPACT DISCS

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

THEY were supposed to be virtually indestructible. Launched in the late Eighties, compact discs were billed as the saviour of the music industry.

Many of us have since spent thousands building CD collections. Now experts have revealed they may be made useless by a new problem: CD rot.

Studies have found the first batch of commercial CDs - by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Pink Floyd - are already beginning to rot.

Compact discs have proved to be far more fragile than was originally thought, with many consumers finding discs bought only months ago are now unplayable.

Jessica Ross, editor of Computing Which magazine, said: "CDs and DVDs are a lot more fragile than people think, and climate and storage all take their toll. I have had several DVDs which are unplayable just a few months after buying them."

Miss Ross called for manufacturers to back up their claims of disc life spans.

"To say these discs will last for up to 100 years just isn't true. I think the industry also needs to address the problem of making backups, which is a legal grey area."

Simon Fayle, production manager of CD duplication company Spool Multi Media, said: "We would expect our discs, which use the latest production methods, to last for 50 years if they are looked after properly. …

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