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(Engadget)   Grab some mix-tapes and your Walkman. The compact cassette turns 50 today   (engadget.com) divider line 58
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2013-09-13 05:42:07 PM  
I have a Walkman. It looks like this
3.bp.blogspot.com
/tapes now in the attic
 
2013-09-13 06:57:40 PM  
i35.photobucket.com

I got a pocket full of quarters.

Bring it.
 
2013-09-13 07:23:45 PM  
The cassette was 90 mins of me having to suspend all the things to listen to whatever a boy thought was REALLY FARKING DEEP MAN.

Rest in peace.
 
2013-09-13 08:03:46 PM  
cdn.mos.musicradar.com

/good riddance
 
2013-09-13 08:04:11 PM  

ginandbacon: The cassette was 90 mins of me having to suspend all the things to listen to whatever a boy thought was REALLY FARKING DEEP MAN.

Rest in peace.


31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-13 08:04:34 PM  
Used to work at Lechmere's in Cambridge. Many times I'd borrow the latest music releases on cassette, take it and a blank cassette to the electronics department, and make a copy of the original. I loved dual cassette decks.
 
2013-09-13 08:10:26 PM  
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps."
 
2013-09-13 08:12:18 PM  
Wasn't the cassette supposed to destroy the record industry?  Same thing with VHS tapes and the movie industry.
 
2013-09-13 08:12:46 PM  
fellowshiproom.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-13 08:17:13 PM  

flaminio: [fellowshiproom.files.wordpress.com image 303x284]


THIS
 
2013-09-13 08:17:52 PM  

ginandbacon: The cassette was 90 mins of me having to suspend all the things to listen to whatever a boy thought was REALLY FARKING DEEP MAN.

Rest in peace.


FARK YOU GLORIA!  MY MIXTAPES ARE AN EXTENSION OF MY SOUL!
 
2013-09-13 08:21:29 PM  
You punks are talking shiat! And stay the hell away from my piano roll collection!
 
2013-09-13 08:22:33 PM  
Because they invented both the cassette and the CD, I have a soft spot for all Philips products.

/Also because they are Dutch.
 
2013-09-13 08:23:02 PM  

flaminio: [fellowshiproom.files.wordpress.com image 303x284]


Do you rewind the thing with the eraser-end?
 
2013-09-13 08:34:53 PM  
I am 43, but this song by brand new, called mixtape came out in 2001 and it is still an awesome jam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHgAx7clkLk

I got a twenty-dollar bill that says no one's ever seen you without makeup.
You're always made up.
And I'm sick of your tattoos,
and the way you always criticize the Smiths... and Morrissey.
And I know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic.
But when I say let's keep in touch,
I really mean I wish that you'd grow up.
This is the first song for your mixtape.
It's short just like your temper,
but somewhat golden like the afternoons we used to spend before you got too cool...

I got a twenty-dollar bill that says no one's ever seen you without makeup.
You're always made up.
And I'm sick of your tattoos, and the way you don't appreciate Brand New or me
And I know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic.
But when I say let's keep in touch,
I hope you know I mean I wish that you'd grow up.
This is the first song for your mixtape.
It's short just like your temper,
but somewhat golden like the afternoons we used to spend before you got too cool...
 
2013-09-13 08:36:21 PM  

KerwoodDerby: You punks are talking shiat! And stay the hell away from my piano roll collection!


I own a piano player from the late 1800s that you can play with pedals, or my 84 year old father electrified it in the 60s, and yes I have the roll for hey jude.
 
2013-09-13 08:39:33 PM  
I was feeling retro so I just bought a Cassette mp3 player off ebay for around 15.00
usb.brando.com

It can be either a standalone mp3 player and listen with a pair of headphones or I can pop it into a cassette deck and play it like a cassette (haven't actually tried that yet since I don't have a cassette deck). Plus it has a remote control. Satisfied my retro desire for the eighties for a while.
 
2013-09-13 08:48:08 PM  
My favorite cassette story: In 1966, Phillips gave the Beatles the first portable (micro)cassette players marketed.  They loved them and took them everywhere.  Eventually, they realized they could replace having acetates cut after recording sessions which took time (and which EMI actually charged them for!).

Problem: there was no way to line out from the recording machines into the mic jack on the cassette players.  Solution: at the end of the session, they'd gather around a speaker in the control room, the engineer would play back the tape and  the Beatles would sit there, holding their little microphones up to the speaker!
 
2013-09-13 08:49:58 PM  
What a coincidence, I have a potato...
 
2013-09-13 08:55:23 PM  

Glitchwerks: ginandbacon: The cassette was 90 mins of me having to suspend all the things to listen to whatever a boy thought was REALLY FARKING DEEP MAN.

Rest in peace.

[31.media.tumblr.com image 500x319]


Do girls really fall for douchebags who make mix tapes?
 
2013-09-13 09:18:25 PM  

lasercannon: I was feeling retro so I just bought a Cassette mp3 player off ebay for around 15.00
[usb.brando.com image 640x480]

It can be either a standalone mp3 player and listen with a pair of headphones or I can pop it into a cassette deck and play it like a cassette (haven't actually tried that yet since I don't have a cassette deck). Plus it has a remote control. Satisfied my retro desire for the eighties for a while.


I'm tempted to get one just to put it in my cassette deck...

Between the 50th birthday and Ray Dolby passing this week, I may have to dust off some tapes to remind myself how crappy they sounded.. :D
 
2013-09-13 09:19:30 PM  
So it's no coincidence that Ray Dolby just died?
 
2013-09-13 09:25:54 PM  
Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying
 
2013-09-13 09:48:05 PM  

skinink: Used to work at Lechmere's in Cambridge. Many times I'd borrow the latest music releases on cassette, take it and a blank cassette to the electronics department, and make a copy of the original. I loved dual cassette decks.


Ah yes Lechmere's. That's a blast from the past.
 
2013-09-13 10:12:51 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying


Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.
 
2013-09-13 10:14:42 PM  

flaminio: ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying

Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.


CDs aren't hipster enough.
 
2013-09-13 10:23:34 PM  

Mugato: flaminio: ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying

Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.

CDs aren't hipster enough.


A lot of these artists aren't selling enough units to pay for professional CD manufacturing.  In this case, CD-Rs and tapes are cheaper for them.

Also professional CD pressing plants usually have minimum quantities that must be purchased, that might be above what an artist can sell.
 
2013-09-13 10:27:43 PM  
When I was 15, there was nothing more intriguing to me than a 120 minute blank cassette and my stack of CDs. I remember pressing the record button softly so as not to create a pop sound on the recording, timing things out when I had to go back and reinsert a song, and finding a new way to organize a lot of the same songs into a new mix. And when it was done, it was like this little piece of arts & crafts that you'd spent an afternoon working to get just right.

/CSB
 
2013-09-13 10:43:28 PM  

Mugato: flaminio: ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying

Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.

CDs aren't hipster enough.


Then they should revive the Elcaset. You wanted obscure...
 
2013-09-13 11:05:25 PM  
Cromulent article on how the cassette tape was invented in 1963 without mentioning 8-track tapes in the 70s is quite nostalgic.
 
2013-09-13 11:16:30 PM  
Also good for loading up crappy Pac Man clones....

oldcomputers.net
 
2013-09-13 11:22:00 PM  
Found my old Walkman not too long ago, still had a mix tape in it I made for running. The old batteries lasted for the first song.

/csb
 
2013-09-13 11:32:12 PM  

flaminio: ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying

Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.


Metalheads are the only people who still drive cars with cassette decks.
 
2013-09-13 11:43:49 PM  

MinkeyMan: Because they invented both the cassette and the CD, I have a soft spot for all Philips products.

/Also because they are Dutch.


They made pretty good TVs too...but made shiatty sound cards.
 
2013-09-13 11:45:08 PM  

Mugato: flaminio: ModernPrimitive01: Tapes are still striving in the underground metal world. I've had 3 tape releases this year and people keep buying

Serious question: How come tapes and not CDs? CDs must be a ton cheaper and easier to produce these days.

CDs aren't hipster enough.


Should we really care about what the farking hipsters think?
 
2013-09-13 11:45:56 PM  

Lsherm: ginandbacon: The cassette was 90 mins of me having to suspend all the things to listen to whatever a boy thought was REALLY FARKING DEEP MAN.

Rest in peace.

FARK YOU GLORIA!  MY MIXTAPES ARE AN EXTENSION OF MY SOUL!


LOL
 
2013-09-14 12:10:39 AM  
CSB:

I have precisely one cassette tape.  On it is a song of my late father singing to me when I was a baby.  I found it among his things after he died 10 years ago, and it was the only thing I wanted to keep, even though I don't have a cassette player anymore.

/CSB
 
2013-09-14 12:32:52 AM  
What gets me is that in the age of iTunes and Spotify that people still use CDs.
 
2013-09-14 01:00:24 AM  
www.cassettereviews.com
 
2013-09-14 01:09:31 AM  
Few things delighted me more as a young kid than when a walkman or battery-operated tape player would begin to lose its juice.  One moment, a familiar song was playing.  The next, demons were suddenly trying to feed you messages.  That slowed-down oddly elongated low-toned sound is still strangely missed.

Recording stuff with friends on cassette was a blast, too :)
 
2013-09-14 01:35:42 AM  
Why would I want cassettes? My victrola works just fine.
 
2013-09-14 01:45:41 AM  

meanmutton: What gets me is that in the age of iTunes and Spotify that people still use CDs.


It's called "lossless audio". Look into it.
 
2013-09-14 02:05:38 AM  
if it has been around 50 years, How come it took a whole 20 years to invent the Walkman ?

/parents bought a 1984 silver walkman for a couple hundred bucks (back-then-money) and it worked all the way up to about 1998.
 
2013-09-14 02:07:51 AM  

neilbradley: meanmutton: What gets me is that in the age of iTunes and Spotify that people still use CDs.

It's called "lossless audio". Look into it.


This. Yes, a decent high-rate .aac might sound great, but there's a lot more dynamics and "feel" to a standard 44/16k wav /aiff file
 
2013-09-14 02:08:54 AM  
Isn't one of the requirements for a birthday that you're still alive?  Tapes are dead my friend.
 
2013-09-14 02:18:28 AM  
Funny...I wish I had them ready, but I've been working on a project to digitize cassettes from my area (phoenix) to show the evolution of local nightclubs sicse the 1980's. Ive been keeping it simple; encode at 192/96 and eventually encode to a 320 .mp3 or .aax/mp4/m4a. I have been doing some correction for dropouts, but otherwise everything is as it was.

It's amazing how good a high-quality cassette can sound (High Bias, 70 nano or higher) after so many years.\
\\Certainly not as convenient or as versatile as a CD but there is a certain (nerd hat ON) "warmth" to it.
 
2013-09-14 05:00:41 AM  

dletter: Also good for loading up crappy Pac Man clones....

[oldcomputers.net image 250x265]


There were tonnes of brilliant games on cassette.

i40.tinypic.com

gareth.halfacree.co.uk
www.dexterswheel.co.uk
 
2013-09-14 08:28:18 AM  

bborchar: CSB:

I have precisely one cassette tape.  On it is a song of my late father singing to me when I was a baby.  I found it among his things after he died 10 years ago, and it was the only thing I wanted to keep, even though I don't have a cassette player anymore.

/CSB


You should find someone to copy that over to digital for you so you can keep a copy.
 
2013-09-14 08:40:48 AM  

Gordon Bennett: dletter: Also good for loading up crappy Pac Man clones....

[oldcomputers.net image 250x265]

There were tonnes of brilliant games on cassette.

[i40.tinypic.com image 800x600]

[gareth.halfacree.co.uk image 850x565]
[www.dexterswheel.co.uk image 850x454]


Wow, Robocop puts those cassettes to at least 1987.   Although, Spectrum's were not really an item in the US, was mostly Commodore, Apple's, and Atari's for home/school computers.  And while in the early 80s people still had some stuff on cassettes (especially for Vic-20s), by the mid 80s, most if not all commercial games in the US were on floppys.     Maybe I'm wrong and there was some way to get most stuff on cassette, but, I don't recall that.
 
2013-09-14 08:41:25 AM  

mjones73: bborchar: CSB:

I have precisely one cassette tape.  On it is a song of my late father singing to me when I was a baby.  I found it among his things after he died 10 years ago, and it was the only thing I wanted to keep, even though I don't have a cassette player anymore.

/CSB

You should find someone to copy that over to digital for you so you can keep a copy.


He might have already done that... doesn't mean you toss the tape.
 
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