Forget Vinyl, Now Cassette Tapes Are Making A Comeback?
from the retro-retro dept
Over the last few years, there have been countless stories about the supposed “return” of vinyl, as people have actually been buying more vinyl records in the past few years. It still remains a tiny part of the market, but it has continued to grow over the past few years. However, if vinyl is making a comeback, what about other supposedly “dead” formats? Brad points us to a report that cassette tapes are supposedly making a comeback as well, at least among a small group of garage rock bands. I have to admit, reading the explanations for why are pretty funny: “Tapes are great because they have a really nice warm and fuzzy sound.” I think that’s the first time I’ve ever heard audio cassettes referred to as having a “warm” sound.
Others complain that MP3s are simply too disposable, and by giving people a cassette, it makes it seem more tangible, real and permanent. I can understand the thinking, but I wonder if it’s more wishful thinking than anything. And I say that as someone who still regularly buys CDs, but is increasingly wondering why I bother with so much useless plastic.
Either way, if we’re going to be reviving dead formats, how about the 8-track as well? The band Cheap Trick released their last album on an 8-track, but I haven’t heard that it’s catching on with anyone else just yet…
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