I understand that over time, even the best CD-Rs such as my Taiyo Yudens (which are rated allegedly for a 100 year life) will degrade, and that 100 year ratings are "optimistic" at best. I also understand that as a new medium, no one *really* knows how long CD-Rs will last and that only time will really tell.
Still, speaking as an anal-retentive audiophile who now has a lot of music stored on this potentially fragile medium, I'm worried, and I want to understand how I will recognize if/when my CD-Rs are beginning to degrade. Will it be the case that one day, my CD player simply won't be able to read them at all, or will it be some sort of gradual degradation, where individual bits of sound are lost slowly but surely, leading to a disc that can still be played back, but with less and resolution, less and less bits of information, and less and less fidelity? Or is there increased jitter, increased errors, or what?
In other words, what does an aging, degrading CD-R sound like? Thanks in advance.