For all the quality improvements of the CD, their inferior durability is very obvious here in South Africa. Though CDs are tougher than most people think, the procedure to fix them is rather involved. Here everyone seems to have a couple CDs floating around, and every single one I've ever seen is scratched to hell. Nothing says "South African taxi" to me like Setswana songs mixed with a cheap Casio keyboard skipping relentlessly.
Yet the other day my host brother pulled out a tape of some old gospel music (saccharine, vanilla Americana stuff) that he said was 30 years old, and it still played. Better suited to this type of environment.