CD rot and quality of production

Discussion in 'iPod' started by JW8725, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2005
    As you may know, recorded CDs rot over time. The metal layer oxidises or something. They may become totally unplayable or cause gaps and pops in the sound. I would like to know what "brand" or type of CD you rip to? Not all CDs are produced of the same quality right? Also my mate swears by those black sided Playstation type of CDs for audio recording? Is there any truth in that? I've put my origionals on display (show off I know I know) in a nice Ikea cabinet. The audio files on my HD are my reference and I just wanna rip to quality CDs to play on my system.

  2. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    St. Louis
    I've heard good things about Maxell. I use them.
  3. Zukatah macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2005
    Montréal, Qc
    Personally I use Fujis as much as possible but when I run out of them and need a good replacement, I get Verbatims. Never had a problem with those either, unlike those cheap CDs that get scratched so easily!
  4. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    From what I understand, most CDs are made by just a few companies and are rebranded for sale.
  5. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    Probably true, but I would imagine that they then send them through some sort of quality check and sort them out that way. Then those that want to sell quality product buy those and those that want to offer a budget product buy those. I know that there are often differences in quality from name brand stuff to no name stuff.
  6. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    my understanding of cd rot was that it will rot over time, but not necessarily in the near if you're super concerned about cd rot, re-burn your cds every year or so, and keep them in dry cool places.
  7. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    The inner depths of madness, aka Kent, OH
    that all depends really. newer cdr's i would hope are better but a few years a couple friends of mine both burned a crap load of cds and a years later one of my friends cds could not be read. sure enough he bought the "cheap stuff".
  8. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    As long as you buy CD-R's from a semi quality brand, fuji, maxell, verbatim, and you keep your discs in a case, away from harmful elements like water they should, in theory, out last your life. It's when they start getting left around the house exposed to whatever that they can become compromised. Just take care of your discs, and they'll be ok. :cool:

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