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I am glad they have cache, it is still about the music. I guess it is kinda like the affinity Hollywood has non-voicemail answering machines. Brian Lux likes this. Location: Canada. BrodnationOct 12, Now 8-Tracks, always hated those, worst format ever, obviously bad for anything really long as well. When they were fashionable again for awhile it was really bizarre to me. CrawdaddySim1 likes this.

Location: Toronto. Strat-ManglerOct 12, Rocky's Owner and MielR like this. Michael likes this. I made tapes as Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol. 10 (Cassette) as a year ago, using an iPod as the source.

Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee. Tapes are cheap, portable, and tied to communities in a world where increasingly vinyl struggles to do so. It must be noted that the uptick in cassette sales correlates with a general upward trend in the retail prices of vinyl.

For the cost-conscious physical retail consumer in search of more durable goods, cassettes Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol. 10 (Cassette) a viable alternative. When I asked why she had decided to sell, her answer was clear. Hands down, the largest quantity cassette sales per transaction is to people who want to listen to an album now ; in their car, in their boat, in their work truck and, most commonly, in their touring van.

Artists and music makers drive independent retail cassette sales as much if not more than emerging lifestyle branding. While they were developed as a replacement for reel-to-reel tape cartridges used primarily for professional audio recording, their potential as a widespread audio distribution format was visible right away. Due to industry pressure, Philips allowed other manufacturers to license the format for free, which helped grow its popularity.

The first cassettes were sold blank, but bypre-recorded tapes were launched in Europe. Under the name music-cassettes, the Mercury Record Company brought the format to the American market in The rapid growth of the cassette market can be attributed to its convenience.

Far more compact than both 8-track tapes and vinyl recordselectronics manufacturers were eager to grow the format due to its potential for portability. The first cassette player for use in car dashboards was introduced in The audio quality was drastically improved in by the Advent Corporation, which replaced the standard tape with a commercial-grade version manufactured by 3M and introduced noise-reduction technology into cassette players.

The iconic Sony Walkman arrived in to great fanfare, and other portable tape players, in both personal and amplified formats, proliferated. Cassette sales overtook those of LPs in the s, though vinyl remained the preferred format for singles until the introduction of the compact disc in the early s.

Ultimately, the CD ended up blowing the cassette out of the water, with tape sales sharply declining over the course of the CD's inaugural decade. While blank cassettes are still widely available, record companies have all but ceased music-cassette production.

Infor example, just 34, tapes were sold, an astonishingly low figure when compared to the million sold in For the most part, cassette players have two modes, playback and recording. Both functions rely on the magnetic coating that covers the exposed side of the roll of plastic tape contained within a standard cassette.

To understand how a tape player works, it's essential to understand the nature of this magnetic coating. The coating itself can be made of a variety of magnetic materials, though ferric oxide is among the most popular. While it is permanently magnetized, it carries electromagnetic signals specific to its contents that can be overwritten many times.

Standard cassettes contain four electromagnetic signals that run side by side along the full length of the tape. A cassette player only reads two of these signals at a time, as each pair makes up the left and right stereo signals for one side of the tape. When you flip a tape over from side A to side B, the mechanism that reads the tape simply gains access to the other pair of channels. Both reading and recording take place on the length of tape exposed to the play head built into all cassette players.

The exposed tape is stretched flat by a set of guide rollers built into the cassette as well as a pair of spindles typically contained within the player itself.

It is held in place by a capstan, which also ensures it moves past the play head at a consistent speed, generally 1. A Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol. 10 (Cassette) pressure pad aligned with the opening works to keep the tape taut as it meets with the metal play head. The tape head contains two small electromagnets that do the work of both playing and recording onto two tracks of the tape at a time, depending on its setting. It can either read the existing right and left-side signals for playback or impart new signals to the magnetic coating.

When recording, many cassette players also use a secondary electromagnetic head to erase the existing signals on the tape just before they are re-recorded by the main head. Ha ha, Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol. 10 (Cassette) cassette is OOP. When I worked at a record store in the 90s we almost stopped carrying them because interest had waned even then, and we were paying maybe. Rocky's OwnerOct 12, Tucoispacederedordica and 3 others like this.

Location: British Columbia. Many similar threads for you to complain in, yet you start another. SoporJoeOct 12, MassHysteriahavenzStone Turntable and 10 others Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol. 10 (Cassette) this. Location: Syracuse, NY. Because people like to bring back relics of the past with tales of analog warmth. Its just people being people.

ThieviusOct 12, Location: Placerville, CA. Like many here, I find it interesting that folks are buying cassettes. I have several old official release cassettes and a bunch of mix tapes I made but only listen to them when I drive my wife's old car which has a Poor Boy - Various - Hipsters 60s Sampler Vol.

10 (Cassette) player. For me, the only other reason to keep them is either nostalgia or for my artwork on the mix tape covers. Brian LuxOct 12, Location: Canada. BrodnationOct 12, DLDmikedifrVinny and 16 others like this. Because they sound great. They're analog.

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