Up until now, the best medium for long-term storage of music is vinyl. Vinyl is a form of plastic and as long as you keep it in a cool, dry play it will take centuries to decompose, making it far more durable than CDs or digital music files.
But is there something even better? Maybe.
Researchers are investigating the idea of encoding music into DNA. They were able to translate the binary code of a music file into the nucleotide molecules that form DNA’s building blocks, assigning different base pairs to represent one and zeroes.
The first band to have their music stored this way was OK Go with their song “This Too Shall Pass.” This music file was 200 megabytes, which isn’t much. But consider this: a DNA cluster the size of a grain of sand has the potential to store a million terabytes. Imagine having that kind of music library in your pocket.