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Case Logic cases ruin your CDs

While I have most of my albums encoded as Ogg Vorbis files, the music from my college days (and before) is still only on disc, either in a big box in storage, or in one of a couple Case Logic CD wallets I used back then to lug my tunes around the globe.

I've long been meaning to encode those and shove the boxes and cases into storage, but in more than a year, that hasn't happened. A few weeks ago, my adorable girlfriend offered the necessary encouragement, suspecting that I might enjoy going through old music again. Right she was: it's great fun. I didn't think I was ever going to listen to Drum and Bass again, and now I am quite enjoying the music I listened to in high school.

Unfortunately, while encoding all those discs, there's a pattern emerging: the discs from the box are all processed without any problems; the discs from the wallets yield many read errors. Inspecting the physical media, the cause seem to be scratches in the plastic deep enough to damage the reflective layer.

When CDs came out, they were touted to be rigid and sturdy. The material quality has noticeably decreased in the years, as the producers kept cutting their costs. Discs of the past 15 years aren't good enough anymore to be stored in the Case Logic way. I wish I had known 15 years ago.

NP: LTJ Bukem: Logical Progression