Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc." Sarah Tilotta/NPR hide caption

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The Metropolitan Opera has settled labor contracts with two of its largest unions. Jonathan Ticler/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Aaron Freeman, formerly known as Gene Ween, released the debut record with his new band, simply called Freeman, this July. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Frankie Soto is in charge of the "underground" rock shows at an empty storefront in Stockton's Normandy Village Shopping Center. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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