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Mr Magic
Don't you just love it when retro stuff comes back?


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Vaporman87
It's nice to know that folks still appreciate the cassette tape. 
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Mr Magic
Does this mean VHS tapes will come back too?
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eddstarr
The death of the cassette spelled the end to a lot of local vocal guys like Peter Rosenberg - cloggin' toilets all up and down the east coast wrap scene. His bud "Bam Bam" made him spend the night in his limo - just to teach him a lesson, don't cha know!
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blueluigi
Hmmm... not sure what to think of this. When Vinyl made a comeback, it made a lot of sense. There was more to Vinyl then just the nostalgia of it. Vinyl had a much more uncompressed sound quality than what you would get when listening to it digitally. It's not even something that's noticed by audiophiles, even people who have listened to music digitally their whole lives, who listened to a Vinyl record noticed how much more you can hear that is lost when transferred digitally. Some people who listened to Vinyl for the first time found it hard to go back to MP3s, and I think it is because of this that is why Vinyl made as big of a comeback as it did.

I don't quite see the same happening with Sony Audio Cassette tapes. I'm sure there will be people that will be buying simply for the nostalgia of it, or to have a collector's item from their favorite band or soundtrack. But I don't see this having the same comeback that Vinyl did in recent years.
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eddstarr
Maybe it's the novelty of owning the music in a physical way. That novelty may wear off quickly Cassettes don't hold up well over time. My old cassettes aren't worth the plastic they're encased in.
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jkatz
When cassettes first came out their main draw was portability, but you were limited by how many cassettes you could carry (not to mention the hassle of flipping them over from side to side and fast forwarding/rewinding). In today's age where you can stream virtually any album on your phone, I honestly don't know why anybody would chose an inferior format over that, unless it's a misplaced sense of nostalgia or some hipster-ish contrarian need to make things unnecessarily more difficult and inconvenient. 

Seriously, I know we all love the retro here, but as somebody who grew up using cassette tapes, I don't miss them at all.
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pikachulover
I spent like 2 months looking for a boom box with cassette player. They are so hard to find. I just have some tapes I like to listen to.
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ThatDudeintheHoodie
jkatz wrote :

When cassettes first came out their main draw was portability, but you were limited by how many cassettes you could carry (not to mention the hassle of flipping them over from side to side and fast forwarding/rewinding). In today's age where you can stream virtually any album on your phone, I honestly don't know why anybody would chose an inferior format over that, unless it's a misplaced sense of nostalgia or some hipster-ish contrarian need to make things unnecessarily more difficult and inconvenient. 

Seriously, I know we all love the retro here, but as somebody who grew up using cassette tapes, I don't miss them at all.
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Same. I'd get a few to collect, but I don't miss them lol
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