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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: ironbut on July 29, 2011, 11:19:30 PM

Title: National Jukebox
Post by: ironbut on July 29, 2011, 11:19:30 PM
Hmm, I coulda sworn that I'd posted something about this but maybe it was just over on the Bottlehead Forum.

A few months back, the LOC (Library of Congress) released their long awaited "National Jukebox". This is a streaming only online music player for public access of the digital transfers the LOC had been doing in Washington and now at the fabulous Packard Facility located in Culpepper Va. The Jukebox opened with over 10,000 selections from the period between 1900-1925. Each selection is a disc side of primarily acoustic recordings (78's) from the Victor Talking Machine Co..
Many more labels will be added but just like the Savory Recordings I mentioned in a previous post, copyright issues are currently preventing online access of many labels. Sony/Universal has an agreement with the LOC so their considerable holdings will continue to be made available on the Jukebox .

The Jukebox will feature much more than just the search/player interface such as links to music and performers. My favorite feature is the 1919 Victrola Book of the Opera. Even if you aren't a fan of the opera, you really should check out this interactive facsimile. It is fantastic!