Slight diversion: My partner does transcription professionally, and we 
have her all set up to transcribe from Micro and regular cassette, CDs 
and even DVDs - she has been working on raw footage on DVD for editors 
to work from in documentary work. We'd be happy to describe how you can 
change over to digital transcribing. It takes a minimal investment, 
mainy a second computer and inexpensive software.

As for the MDs I'd keep them as long as there are working players as 
stated here already...

Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio

On Oct 14, 2005, at 5:34 AM, McCormick, Kathleen wrote:

> We transfer the content of all MD to gold archival CD and to cassette 
> tape (currently part of the process for transcription reasons, 
> although in the next year or so we will be moving away from this 
> practice as we upgrade equipment & software). My plan in the next 
> couple of years will also involve creating wav files for long term 
> storage.
> My question about the MD was more of a practical than theoretical one 
> (although, as I said earlier there are definitely some things to think 
> about with the MDs that I can use to make the case to move away from 
> using them for original recordings). From the discussion, I gather the 
> consensus is it's not worth buying archival quality boxes to store the 
> original recordings in (sure we may have transferred the content of 
> the recordings but for a number of reasons I am not inclined to junk 
> or disregard the originals until they demonstrate actual degradation).
> How are people storing MDs? Or is it that everyone is junking them 
> once a transfer has been done?
> Katie McCormick
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> Coordinator for the Oral History Program
> Special Collections - J. Murrey Atkins Library
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