CD recording

Subject: CD recording
From: Andres Lewin (
Date: Wed Sep 22 2004 - 15:13:11 EDT

I am asking about experience on life of recorded CD-R.
I am having trouble playing and saving material recorded on CD-R about 4-5 years ago. Beginning sectors mainly ok, but further progress in the CD noises appear. Once you extract it, the extraction time increases notably, and if you inspect the .wav files you may find clics or even empty spaces.
Two days ago a composer residing in France made following statement as per his knowledge gathered at different electronic music studios.
- Commercial released CDs: estimated life 20 years
- recorded CD-R: estimated life 5 years
Any body can give any light on this issue?
Andres Lewin-Richter
Phonos Foundation

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