The myth of the indestructible CD
There was a letter from Vince Laws in yesterday's Guardian that cause me a wry smile:
"When CDs were launched we were told how indestructible they were. Now that half my CD collection needs replacing because of everyday wear and tear, should I download replacements free of charge, or sue the music industry?"
I'm currently on the look-out for a replacement for my copy of Claudia Brücken's "Love: and a million other things" CD. I haven't missed the irony that as a completist nerd I have virtually all her other releases on vinyl and CD, except the one CD that has decided to self-destruct.
Luckily I can increase the irony by enjoying the fact that even BBC News Online think that the Tomorrow's World item that first introduced me to the indestructible CD via jam, a drill and a bulldozer is funny.
Stacking discs horizontally was bad for them, as was any Tomorrow's World stunt involving jam, drills or bulldozers. By obeying these rules, we were promised "a lifetime of listening pleasure".