I just read an interesting article which can be read here . I've always known that recordable CD's or DVD's would have a shorter lifespan than commercially produced media, however the physicist in the article claims that the highest quality recordable CD's will only last about 5 years and the cheaper CD's will last closer to 2 years. I just wanted to see if anyone has read similar information or possibly different information. Also, has anyone had experience with these going bad? It will be interesting to see if there is a massive backlash against some consumer electronics companies in a few years when people who have used CD's and DVD's to backup pictures and home movies are no longer able to access their files.