I have a bunch of burned cds with various songs (from 5 or 6 years ago) back then they always played fine, now as I am ripping the songs from the cd to my computer, some sort of static noise comes out of the songs. Should I get a cd cleaning tool for the cd's or is it a total loss? Thanks
The static is probably from the initial quality of the music on the disc. If these are mp3's then the lower quality audio may have slight static just from the data itself, not from the actual surface of the disc. If they are above mp3 quality (wav for example), then its probably the disc itself and cleaning will help.