The U.S. National Jukebox: How It Rolls
The Library of Congress recently announced the roll-out of its stunning National Jukebox project, which makes available to the pubic a vast trove of sound recordings, starting from the earliest ones made in the United States. At launch, the Jukebox makes more than 10,000 recordings available for listening, free of charge. The recordings were made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. The Library will expand the available content regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others. Handling all this material is, of course, no simple matter. Nor, even is storing it. The LA Times recently described that aspect of the project.