The past IS unwritten: National Jukebox plugs listeners into the sounds of the past

Recently the Library of Congress plugged in the National Jukebox, giving people with an internet connection access to its music archives.

You can give the jukebox a kick from here: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/

Since the jukebox was turned on last Tuesday, it’s already had over 250,000 listens.

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.

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