Vertical CD drives is self damaging?

A friend of mine told me that vertical CD drives tend to break in the long run because the CD spins out of position easely.
Is it true ?

not at all

Urban legends abound…

Moving a CD-ROM drive from horizontal to vertical whilst there is a CD-ROM enclosed is definitely a problem — see YouTube re the destruction of Xbox game CDs this way, the grinding sound will give you nightmares!

MOVING a drive… yes… the drive has to have been designed for Vertical use…
but that was NOT the OP…

we have two iMacs (one is more then 8 years old, the other is 10 years old) with vertical DVD-RW-Drives. The drives are still used from time to time, mostly for watching DVDs. Both drives still work perfectly.