Revisit the '90s with a collection of AOL CDs

From Engadget - July 11, 2017

Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, Engadget's parent company AOL was busy carpet-bombing everyone with CDs offering free web trials. The CD-ROMs were AOL's way of capitalizing on the hype surrounding the nascent medium. And, for many, they provided their first taster of the internet.

Fast forward 27 years and everyone you know is online and compact discs are considered junk. As the era of the CD as a distribution method dies a slow death -- thanks, in part, to streaming services -- the round discs are becoming even more important to archivists, like Jason Scott. In 2015, Scott urged people to send him their AOL CD-ROMs. Strangely, there are people out there who collect America Online's glossy discs, but they are probably less likely to hand over their prized possessions.

...the @internetarchive begins hosting AOL CD-ROMs en masse this year. Here's the first few dozen.

Jason Scott (@textfiles) July 10, 2017


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