Audio Cassettes, I Will Remember You

Any youngster born in the late ’70s or early ’80s could tell you what the first audio cassette he ever bought was. Children born more recently could tell similar stories, but they would be about CDs, MP3s, or other technology. Those of us who remember music before the invention of the CD are a dying breed.
Invention of audiocassettes opened the door for a new world of music. Now, we are in a position to take our music from our homes with a lot of mobility and use it in our cars and even while walking. This has started a sort of a music revolution and we are able to enjoy the music without risking the same damages we had discovered with vinyl.
This doesn’t mean that cassette tapes were a perfect technology. The ribbon inside was delicate and easily twisted or broken, and once that happens there was no way to repair the tape. Audio cassettes are not as fragile as the previous generation of music on vinyl discs, but the CD had advantages that would push cassettes out of the market.
Many of us have wonderful memories of audio cassettes that we used to listen to long ago. Everyone that ever had tapes, always had one or two favorites. Ones they would listen to over and over. Special tapes that they or a friend had made. Tapes that you knew by heart. Audio tapes were a wonderful way to take your favorite music with you and share it with others.
For several years, audio cassettes and CDs managed to coexist. CDs were consistently more expensive, but their higher sound quality and other features made them worth the extra expense. You couldn’t skip around easily on an audio cassette the way you could on a CD. You could listen to just one or two songs on an album if you wanted. Eventually, the better function of the CD killed the audio cassette.
But no matter where technology leads us, we will always fondly remember the audio cassette. It had an important role in the evolution of music technology. It lasted a good long time and still exists today. Although the audio cassette will never again live up to its’ former glory. But we will always remain held close in the hearts of those who love it.

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