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Audio Tape Older formats such as K7, magnetic tapes or even mini-discs are back! But do we...

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Our Misplaced Nostalgia for Cassette Tapes

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Older formats such as K7, magnetic tapes or even mini-discs are back! But do we really need them?

An interesting article on this nostalgia for old recording formats which, perhaps, will fade fairly quickly …

Many people over 30 remember cassettes, with nostalgia, if not some disdain. And yet, for a slice of music fandom, Ms. Furtado’s choice of medium makes perfect sense. Cassettes, somehow, are making a comeback.

Go to any indie show and inevitably, among the T-shirts and knickknacks, there will be tapes. Some record labels are now cassette-only. The National Audio Co., America’s largest manufacturer of audiocassettes, reported that 2014 was its best year yet.

But before the revisionists completely rewrite my adolescence, let’s be clear about something: As a format for recorded sound, the cassette tape is a terrible piece of technology. It’s a roll of tape in a box. It’s essentially an office supply.

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NY Times

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