I've got cdr's I burned starting in 2000 that still play fine and show no errors when I extract the files. I even used to write on the tops where the data is JUST underneath and can see the ink 'bleed' and spread out and those discs still play fine. I just haven't had a problem yet that I keep hearing about.
What, do people burn at too high of a speed ? Use lousy hardware, the cheapest cdr's ? I use Taiyo Yuden and Mitsui, but even some of the old memorex and sony's are still undamaged.
I think people just aren't anal enough about their music storage. Then again, isn't that how you get dickrot ? LOL