Think you can hold onto your CDs forever? Think again. New studies have discovered that “disc rot” could be destroying them.
Nimbus, the first CD manufacturer in the UK, said that it had done some research into the disc rot issue and found that most discs will self-destruct after between eight and 10 years!
A report over at Motherboard suggests that aging digital discs might actually be prone to something they’re calling ‘disc rot,’ which presents as small discolourations or dots on your disc. A Library of Congress Preservation Specialist points out three forms it can take: “the ‘bronzing’ of discs, small pin-hole specs located on the disc, or ‘edge rot,’” which totally sounds like a really great new genre. It’s apparently produced by chemical corrosion, an oversight in the manufacturing practice that failed to account for longevity.
So that limited edition CD you haven’t opened from 2000? It’s dead, dude.