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January 4, 2016

Cassettes, somehow, are making a comeback.


Our Misplaced Nostalgia for Cassette Tapes
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. The cassette is the embodiment of planned obsolescence. Each time you play one it degrades. Bad sound gets worse. Casings crack in winter, melt in summer. Inescapably, a cassette tape unspools: It’s only destiny. Fine, death comes to us all. But just because we can anthropomorphize a gadget doesn’t give it a soul.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 4, 2016 9:51 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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For recording purposes use TDK brand for they have small phillips screws in the corners holding the 2 case halves together and you can remove them to wrench around on the gutz if necessary.

In 1970 at age 15 I was working at my first *real* job, you know, where the gov't steals some of your earnings, at McDonalds making $1.45 an hour (it was a *living wage* for a 15 yo) and with my first paycheck I bought a Lloyds AM-FM cassette player, and the cassette tapes Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Santana II and even had money left over to go get a whopper, fries and a big coke for 94 cents.

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