Are recordable DVDs and CDs only good for 2 years?

Here’s some news from PC World that really scares me:

Opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs. Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, has his own view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.

Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD,” Gerecke says. “There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more.”

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A friend of mine in the CD/DVD duplication industry responds:

This guy has been spouting this bilge for several years now. He is flat wrong. I don’t know what his problem is or what his agenda is – maybe his parents locked him up in his room when he was a child and he craves attention or something. In any case, he has been widely panned as a nut.

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