The question actually posted specifically asked about long term preservation. The problem is not whether or not CD's and DVD's will last for posterity, but if the players will still be around in the future. Although digital and optical media is wonderful for providing access, I believe that the Library of Congress still promotes utilizing reel-to-reels to serve as their preservation copies. Can someone please correct me, if I am wrong.

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From: Jerome Hartke [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 6:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Long-term/preservation audio wrote:
> Dear list,
> I'm sure this topic has been talked (flogged) about before...however
> I'm relatively new to the list so go ahead and hit the delete button!
> My question is...Which audio formats are being used for Long
> term/preservation/archival. And which is the most
> desirable/recommended?
> I have seen from reel to reel 1/4 tape to CDR, DVD, vinyl, MP3, DAT,
> etc
> I would like to know your expert thoughts and why?
> I thank you all for your time in this regard
> Paul Tombleson
> Director of Preservation
> Bhaktivedanta Archives

I am not familiar with all formats, but CD-R, DVD, and DAT haved the
advantage of strong error correction algorithms built into the formats
provided that information is recorded as files. CD-R and DVD are also
desirable because the drive head is not in contact with the media during

J. Hartke
Media Sciences, Inc.