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On 25/06/03, Watsky, Lance wrote:
> The question actually posted specifically asked about long term
> preservation. The problem is not whether or not CD's and DVD's will
> last for posterity, but if the players will still be around in the
> future. Although digital and optical media is wonderful for providing
> access, I believe that the Library of Congress still promotes
> utilizing reel-to-reels to serve as their preservation copies. Can
> someone please correct me, if I am wrong.

You can still get players for Edison cylinders.

I think players for obsolete formats will be specialist items, but will
be available somewhere, certainly for formats as widely used as CDR.
(Barring global catastrophes and collapse of civilization.)

Don Cox

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