The Rise and Fall of the Casette Tape
One of my favourite childhood memories is of me at 4 years old singing in this tape recorder microphone boombox for kids. I recorded my own songs on them and years later I would listen to it and crack up laughing. These days, recording a kid singing on a phone just doesn’t have that same charm…
The cassette was the grandfather of records and CDs; the production started in 1964 in Germany. They became a hit a couple years later with the mass sales of tape recorders in 1966.
What is a cassette you might ask; it’s sound recorded onto a magnetic stripe. Paired with a tape player, anyone could listen to music on the go. This seems like a normal thing for us, but back then, this was a big deal. Musicians could now record and sell their music. People could buy blank tapes to record themselves, or tapes with music on it. By 1966, most cars were equipped with tape players, changing the in-car experience completely.
For years, cassettes were an essential part of the day, but then came along records and CDs. Once cars started having CD players built in, most people were forced to switch onto new technology.
Looking at where we are today, here are a 3 big disadvantages to the old technology:
- Storing tons of cassette boxes
- The inaccuracy of fast forwarding to the next song
- Reeling in the tape
With the popularity of the show 13 Reasons Why, maybe , just maybe, the tape recorder will come back in style…