I report this fact to warn all other fellows: today I opened a CD box of mine, one of the first I ripped back in about 2006 and likely never opened again since. It is a very old 4 CD jewel case box issued in 1985 by Archiv Production (actually I bought my copy brand new in 2004, but don't know the real build date) and had two foam sheets between opposite facing CDs to keep them firmly in place. Unfortunately by time the foam had somewhat disintegrated and glued to the CD surfaces in many a contact point.I had accurately ripped FLAC copies of those CD (so no reason to lose my temper! ), nevertheless in polishing them I tried to be not too forceful for fear of scratching the upper surface where the actual data are written, so some little debris and spots of melted foam could still be seen. I tried a new ripping test run and AR verification went all ok.
Thanks for the warning. Some early Now! CDs shipped like this and I shall go and check them.
I took the foam out, but kept it, given that these have entered collectable territory and are worth more with the foam(!)
(how did my teenage years get to be 25 years ago?)
Lucky you. When I was a teenager, we didn't have any CD's...
When I was a teenager we didn't have stereo (or color TV for that matter).
You kids and your plastic media......be back in a bit, I need to check that my wax cylinders are still okay.
Now 11 still fine (though foam is discoloured). Now 12 foam as good as new! (both from 1988).
I still remember the listening booths in the record store so you could sample the albums before you purchased.
I see you are from northern England, much colder than southern Italy
you have summer temperatures we can only dream of!
Degraded foam seems to plague old loudspeakers.
Generally though, I've had no problems with CDs at all, beyond occasional accidental damage.