120 years ago, in 1888, the new Edison Phonograph was used to record over 3000 voices singing in the Crystal Palace. They are the oldest audio recordings still in existence from Great Britain.
The recordings are noisy and faint but you can clearly hear the music.
In the year 2130 will they be able to play a MP3? How about a DVD or a CD?
In my lifetime, I’ve seen recording formats come and go. The 45, the LP, Reel to Reel, 8 track, Cassette Tape, CD, Betamax, VHS tape and DVD…
All those recordings, much of it completely unplayable now because no one makes the equipment to play them on any more. Got home movies on VHS? How about Super 8?
I think it will be easier from now on to preserve digital recordings. Bits are bits and if the file exists some geek will be able to figure out how to play it back.
But all that physical media? Its days are numbered.