Here's proof that vinyl record albums lack the staying power of cassettes and compact discs: The Archive of Contemporary music in Washington, D.C., says playing records more than once a day may be hazardous to your album's health.

Based on research by Jerry McWilliams, playing a vinyl disc twice within a 16-hour period produces as much wear on the vinyl as 50 to 100 plays once per day.Friction causes surface temperatures of the record to reach 2,000 degrees when the needle moves through the groove, the report said.