DailyDirt: Storing Digital Bits In More Ways

“Lots of copies keeps stuff safe” is an archivist mantra for preserving data for a long, long time. It certainly looks like there’s no end to the development of data storage. We have magnetic tape (multiple varieties), CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, HD-DVDs, hard drives, solid state drives and the list goes on and on. Certain industries seem to make money every time there’s a shift from, say, LPs to cassettes to CDs (to streaming?), but what happens when everyone can store every song ever recorded in the palm of their hand? Technology isn’t there yet, but it might be soon.

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