The Verge: A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished

The Verge: A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished. “Last month, almost a million CDs stored in Wisconsin seemed to disappear. For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes. But a few weeks ago, Murfie’s website went offline and nearly all communication from the company ceased. Now, customers fear their physical music collections may be lost forever.”

Techspot: The Internet Archive is collecting AOL free trial CDs

I suppose someone has to. From Techspot: The Internet Archive is collecting AOL free trial CDs. “One era’s trash is another era’s treasure. That’s perhaps the best way I can think to describe the Internet Archive’s latest collection. The non-profit digital library is in the process of collecting something that was next to impossible to avoid in the 1990s – the venerable AOL CD-ROM.”

Motherboard: The Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old Discs

Motherboard: The Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old Discs. “Often, it looks like a coffee stain—a noticeable discoloration that for whatever reason you can’t get rid of. Sometimes, it looks like tiny pin pricks on the surface of a compact disc. And there are other times when the whole thing changes color. In any case, when you run into what’s known as disc rot, you’re out a great album or an interesting movie.”