Free music (but probably not what you were expecting)

The world wide web is about to get a whole lot more musical with a over 200,000 original recordings from the 1920s to 1940s being donated to the Library of Congress in America.

One of the largest libraries in the world, the Library is already home to more than six thousand comic books, fourteen million photographic images, and three million sound recordings.

The music is being donated by Universal Music and includes music by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Les Paul, and Bing Crosby. Most of the music sits on media that won’t play on anything you’ve got in your living room – record players included – so the Library of Congress will be converting the old analogue recordings into a digital format.

What’s more, this music will be made available online, free to download and enjoy within a few months.