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Chinese Record Corporation to preserve vinyl records


08:25, April 15, 2013

The world is filled with MP3s and all other sorts of digital music media these days, with vinyl records seemingly relegated to a bygone era. But the classic format remains quite valuable, as it was the primary outlet for music reproduction in the early years of the industry.

That’s why the Chinese Record Corporation has launched a project to preserve and protect these precious relics well into the future.

Phonographs and old records transport us back to the 1930s.

These are just part of the audio-visual materials saved and renovated by the Chinese Record Corporation in the past few years.

The corporation’s storeroom keeps some 10 thousand old records and discs, most of them were produced before 1949. The Corporation hopes to clean up and repair them in the following years.

Wu Weiqing, CRC Shanghai General Manager, said, "We have already started to organize these old records. And they will be open to the public after the entire project is done."

Vinyl records were one of the earliest medium used for music reproduction beginning in the 20th century. But by the late 1980s, digital media had gained a larger market share. And vinyl records disappeared from the mainstream in the 1990s. Although they continue to be manufactured and sold nowadays, we are undoubtedly in the era of the MP3.

The Chinese Record Corporation hopes that the protection project can save these precious materials. A digital database is also being created to ensure nothing is lost.

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