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Posted By: GUEST,Chris B.
22-Dec-10 - 08:38 PM
Thread Name: Digitisation Nightmare
Subject: Digitisation Nightmare
News:comp.risks - Risks Digest 26.25

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:25:16 -0700
Subject: File Not Found: The Record Industry's Digital Storage Crisis

Vinyl and analog tapes last forever, but hard drives fail and digital
formats change, 7 Dec 2010

Last year, the Beggars Banquet label unearthed the multitrack master
recordings of the Cult's classic 1985 album, Love, for a planned deluxe edition. The LP was an early digital recording, and to the label's shock, one master was unplayable; the other contained only 80 percent of the album. "That's the problem with digital," says Steve Webbon, head archivist of the Beggars Group. "When it goes, it's just blank. It's gone."

Welcome to the digital nightmare...