But who could imagine a world without cassette tapes?
As a writer for Time so eloquently puts it, "What now seems like a relic was a revolution…"
According to one genius at Engadget, the cassette was the harbinger for portable music. Without them, we wouldn't have field recorders, or boomboxes, or CD players, or mp3 players, or, oh my goodness, MIXTAPES! Seriously, what would your childhood have been without a mixtape!? (Via Kickstarter / Zach Taylor, Seth Smoot)
A writer for A.V. Club says the tapes never really went away and have even made a vinyl-esque resurgence at house shows and small clubs.
He writes, “Much like a pin or a patch used to, cassettes put a name and face to an artist. Instead of having to remember a Bandcamp link, they serve as a way to commemorate the experience of a show. … The cassette format is just a more attractive souvenir.”
The cassette even has its own day and can be tied into a half-windsor! These Sonic Fabric Neckties are made from polyester thread and audio-cassette tape. (Via Cassette Store Day, Sonic Fabric)
So, don’t be afraid to manually rewind one of these and throw it in a tape deck for old time’s sake … if you can find one.
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