Because information on video and audio tapes is recorded magnetically, it naturally degrades or decays over time erasing some of the information, making it unplayable. VHS tapes, for instance, degrade up to 20% in as little as 10 years. And while storing them properly can help prolong their lifespan, their demise is inevitable.
There are a number of reasons for this decay including “remanence decay” when the magnetic particles begin to lose their charge, “demagnetization” if a tape is stored near a magnetic source, and “hydrolysis” when tapes are stored in areas of high humidity.
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