[quote="James Perrett"]Yes, they'll all play fine for a while but it is what happens after a few months/years that really sets the different manufacturers apart.[/quote]
That's been my thought for a while now too, ever since some favorite CDs starting spontaneously giving up the ghost, like on my maybe 25-year-old copy of I Musici doing L'Estro Armonico, some of the most beautiful music to have wafted down to us on the breath of time . A Philips recording. Most other of my CDs, many older than the veiny Philips disks, are fine and play well. The only problem with them is occasional mold, and I wonder if some disks are more vulnerable to that than others, depending on the kind of plastic they use.
But anyway, I figure 25 or even 50 years isn't that long, really. So even better than quality CDs is fame. Fame keeps your music alive longer than disks. It's the only reason I can see for being famous - you get to keep your music alive longer, because it's in the public playlists. But I've never been famous, so what do I know?
Anyway #2: And at this point, I think that live music is better than fame, even. Better than the longevity that fame provides, I think, if you can pull it off well. It's easier, as well, if you don't believe that time actually exists. And as for recording it, well that's the best gig in the recording biz, right? That's where I'm putting my efforts these days.