Do music streaming subscriptions last for ever?
As I write that disc of Angela Hewitt playing Bach is on my CD player, and it sounds as transcendent as when I bought it in 1986. Norman Lebrecht has tried kicking up some click bait in a teacup by suggesting that CDs decay over time. Now let's leave aside that reports of CD decay are very rare, while his report tells us that three examples of the same CD exhibited decay. Which strongly suggests a batch manufacturing problem on that particular disc rather than endemic deterioration. Let's also leave aside that Norman has told us, to quote him, "Slipped Disc has a commercial relationship" with streaming service Idagio. Which brings into question the objectivity of his views on compact discs as an alternative to streaming. Instead let's turn our attention to the question of do CDs last for ever? The answer to that is simple. Nothing lasts forever. But CDs definitely endure far longer than Primephonics and other streaming services.