The Internet Archive now has over 50,000 digitized vinyl records for your listening pleasure
As part of the Great 78 Project, over 50,000 78rpm pieces of vinyl have been digitized and put online for your listening pleasure.
The project is a collaboration between the ARChive of Contemporary Music, Internet Archive, and audiovisual digitization vendor George Blood L.P., and numerous other volunteers.
The Internet Archive has actually received over 20,000 donated recordings, most of which are over 60 years old and from the Fifties and earlier.
Unlike later records that were made from resin, which is tougher, these early records were made from shellac and are notoriously brittle. Apparently, they can break apart in your hands if not handled correctly.
As a result, there is a real need to digitize these recordings, otherwise, they would very likely be destroyed and lost forever.
You can listen to these recordings here, and you can even download them as MP3 files or high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz FLAC files.
Source: The Verge
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