T I M B O....I did read the BBC blog you posted and all I can say is I've never read so much rubbish in my life.
The first CD I bought back in 1986 was The Best Of David Whitfield on the Decca Eclipse label.I always handled and cared for the cd and insert like I did my old viny albums and singles. When I sold it online a few years ago, it was still in the same jewel case with the same insert and untouched and unmarked cd which played as good in 2008 as it did in 1986 nearly 22 years on.If I had the cd now,it would still be in mint condition.
If some cd and dvd users looked after their discs as I do mine, then they'd last longer. I sadly had to sell all 1700 cds off either through online auction websites or auction warehouses.I copied the lot to computer and backed them all up on three hard-drives so I could still play them.
So yes,despite the rubbish in the item,my cds (had I kept them) would've lasted way beyond me.
Big L 266
P.S.I actually spent time reading a 'blog'! Nurse? NURSE? The screens!