My roommate listens to one of his favorite band's CDs all the time. He's had to buy three because they get scratched from use (normal use, not rolling over it with his office chair). That seems a bit absurd. Normal use can destroy most electronic media. That doesn't apply to the media of the "good ol' days". I've read an 1898 version of my favorite book over and over again (and, presumambly, so did the previous owner(s) of it) and it still is intact.