National Jukebox website logs 1 million page views, 250,000 streams in under 48 hours
The new National Jukebox website of historic recordings that the Library of Congress and Sony Music have just made available for free streaming on the Internet has logged more than 1 million page views and more than 250,000 streams in less than 48 hours since it went live Tuesday morning, a library spokeswoman said Thursday.
The project has opened up the library’s archive with an initial posting of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings from the Victor record label, now under the Sony Music umbrella. The recordings span jazz, blues, ethnic folk, gospel, pop, spoken word, comedy and other genres dating to the early 20th century.
Sony has given the Library of Congress blanket permission to make the recordings accessible to the public, retaining the rights to issue any of them in the future for commercial release.
The National Jukebox site also has been a hot topic on Twitter, which shows numerous tweets about the site, including specific recordings users are flagging to their followers.
Photo: Curator of recorded sound Matthew Barton shows a Vitaphone disc, one of more than 3 million items in the Library of Congress' sound recordings collection. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times.