Richard, I can't speak to the future players, but a radio friend of 
mine thinks that MDs are MORE archival as they have magneto-optical 
recording and may last longer than the only-chemical CDs. He took the 
time and trouble to transfer 20 years of weekly programs to MD for the 
permanent archive on this theory.

Do you think he might be wrong? Discounting the availability of 
players, for the sake of discussion. You are probably right about that 
the way things are going with the players though nothing is gospel any 

Thanks for your opinion!

Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio

On Oct 13, 2005, at 1:59 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:

> Digitally transfer them to two CD-Rs and store the CD-Rs. Or better 
> yet, if you have a managed digital archive that can accept them, store 
> them in that.
> I don't think many of us think that MDs are archival. I wouldn't worry 
> about an archival box for a medium that probably isn't archival. I 
> don't think we can expect the long-term availability of MD players as 
> compared to CD players.
> Good luck!
> Richard