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National Jukebox Website Launched by Library of Congress

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The "National Jukebox" went online Tuesday offering a vast catalogue of free music and historic recordings from the days when records were made of thick plastic instead of vinyl.

The selections, provided by the Library of Congress, range from the foxtrot to songs by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and presidential speeches.

In conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, the Library of Congress unveiled the "National Jukebox" Tuesday, which provides access to thousands of sound recordings spanning from 1901 to 1925 for the first time in a digital format free of charge.

Harry Connick Jr., a Grammy award winning pianist, singer, and actor, helped kick off the launch of the jukebox, saying it was important for future generations to have access to some of the country's earliest music recordings.

Users can search the national jukebox by artist or genres and can consult curator created playlists. The recordings are available for streaming, but cannot be downloaded.

The collection provides access to Sony Music's entire pre-1925 catalog, including recordings from Columbia Records, Okeh, and Victor Talking Machine Co. Sony Music licensed the recordings to the Library of Congress to stream online through the National Jukebox website.

The jukebox also features political speeches by three presidents -- Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft -- as well as popular poems, readings from the Bible, and early sound-effect records such as a collection of snores and sneezes.

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