What's The Oldest Song On Your iPod?

Arik Hesseldahl

This weekend I blew several hours listening -- and downloading -- some of the oldest recorded music in existence. The cause of this was a fascinating piece in The New York Times about a new collection of digitized music files at the University of California at Santa Barbara containing some 6,500 tracks from the early days of commercial sound recording. These recordings come mostly from wax cylinders dating back as far back as 1890 and manufactured until 1929 when discs took over. They’ve been transferred to digital files which you can download for free, and as such add them to your iTunes playlist and iPod.

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