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Old 04-19-2005, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do blank, unwritten CD's degrade, or loose quality over time? Reason I ask is because I had a pack of Phillips 48x 80min CD's that I bought 2 or 3 years ago at some sale, that I used to create some audio CD's. Well, when I popped the CD in to play the first few tracks would play fine, and then I would hit 6 or 7 and the speakers would begin to produce this loud cracking noise, and the CD itself would sometimes not even play. This was on a CD I took fresh out of the burner. I did this with several of the CDs from the same pack, and got the same results. I also tried it in different players and got the same thing. So I went and bought a new pack of TDK blank CDs the other day, and I made a fresh CD today, and it works perfectly.

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Old 04-19-2005, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard that some companies are seeing the same results. They are starting to stamp them with 25 year guarantees.
I would say that they could be going dead on you, I bought cheappy CompUSA brand CD-R's back in '01 and they started dying on me a few years later.
Older CD-R's quality just isn't up to par with todays standards.

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Old 04-19-2005, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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High quality CD's will last for 100 years. Who knows about cheap ones. I've been hearing that the next generation (for HD video) may be scratch proof.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yea ok scratch proof that would be tight.
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