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Looking back at it Cassettes were a great way of listening to music

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Houseplants, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. Houseplants

    Houseplants Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Here me out. I'm an 80s kid so I am the cassette generation. I feel for me personally cassette tapes laid the best possible foundation for astute music listening going forward.

    I feel the benefits of cassette tapes are as follows:

    1. They were affordable.
    2. They made duplication possible for the masses.
    3. They made music portable (bus rides, drives, etc.) Going through peoples collection on the bus was something that cassettes made possible.
    4. They could fit 5 more minutes a side.
    5. Here's a big one for me...It was painstaking to skip tracks. So to really listen to a record you had to listen to it.
    6. Analog is cool.

    Am I buying these new cassettes that bands are releasing? No, I think that trend is ridiculous. With streaming there's no reason buy cassettes IMO.
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  2. R79

    R79 Forum Resident

    You could also listen to the album you just bought immediately on the drive home (even with Vinyl you had to wait until you got home, and if you were on vacation it made the wait even longer).
  3. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Mt. Kisco, NY
    They suited their purpose at the time, but I can't listen to them now.
  4. Devin

    Devin Just slightly ahead of my time

    Don't really miss them. But I sure wish I had one of these:
  5. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    at home you could splice tape for your own interests
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  6. Wigru

    Wigru Forum Resident

    I only used them to make my own compilation tapes.

    These were swapped out with those that friends made
  7. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    Making mixtapes was one of the most fun things to do back then. Making playlists or burning CD-Rs are not even close.
  8. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    I remember dubbing my classic soul CD's onto high-quality Maxell tapes in the mid-90's and playing them in my car while delivering pizzas. From what I can recall, that music never sounded better! Great bottom end.
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  9. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Some records sounded better when transferred to cassette.
  10. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    I don't miss them, as soon as it was feasible I got a Discman and never looked back
  11. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    Cassettes were a product of their time. They never sounded great, but they were convenient for a number of the aforementioned reasons people have listed. They serve no purpose in 2021, other than offering people access to a vintage method of listening to music.
  12. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

    Victoria, B.C.
    Especially when you played them in your car.;)

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  13. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    I had a car that ate them though.
  14. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Forum Resident

    SF Peninsula
    They where great to throw out the wind when they jammed up your car deck.:D
  15. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident

    North West England
    They still are, though I don't play them that often.
    What you see and hear dates from the early seventies.

  16. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    They were good for their time.

    My only regret was that I didn't just buy records and transfer them to blank tapes. The labels often skimped on the manufacturing, making half of the available cassettes sound awful. The mechanism often didn't hold up. Some of the tapes developed sticky shed syndrome. The blank tapes that TDK were making were far superior.

    I had a friend in high school that would always buy albums on vinyl. I made fun of him at the time. Now, I wish I had done what he did. I can't imagine what his Iron Maiden collection is worth now.
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  17. Sevoflurane

    Sevoflurane Forum Resident

    The tendency of cassettes to chew up drove me insane. Still, I bought my first round of the Pink Floyd, Marillion and Rush catalogues on cassette back in the day.
  18. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

    Victoria, B.C.
    Bad car! :laugh:

  19. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley Forum Resident

    North West England
    In 1975, I bought a new radio/cassette player for my 1973 Mk lll Cortina GLS (exactly the same as the one in "Life on Mars") I liked the fact that you could fast forward between tracks as it detected the silence between them and stopped. I couldn't do that with the one that came with the car.

    I bought C90s as you could usually get a borrowed album on each side.
    C60s were a waste of money, as there was a lot of wasted tape if you put one side of an album on each side.

    I also had a Walkman. I got it out of a drawer a few years ago where it had been for twenty years, but I'd left the batteries in, they'd leaked and ruined it.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2021
  20. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    I still buy cheap, second-hand cassettes. It remains a great way of discovering new music.
  21. The Trinity

    The Trinity Do what thou wilt, so mote be it.

    I still have all my old cassettes from back in the day, and even buy the odd new one for the fun of it. They were a great portable medium and I still enjoy the nostalgia aspect of cassettes very much.
  22. They still are a great way of listening to music. My truck has a cassette player, so I listen to cassettes everyday. I listen to cassettes more than any other format.
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  23. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Mt. Kisco, NY
    When I started reading this post I thought, 'I did this with all my Iron Maiden singles in high school...'
  24. JosepZ

    JosepZ Digital knight of the analog masters

    Barcelona, Spain
    Some CDs too. Jethro Tull's awful 25th anniversary remaster of 'Aqualung' sounded better when copied to a high quality chrome tape. Tape hiss and harmonic distortion seemed to restore some of the life taken out by lousy noise reduction and an awful remaster.
  25. Johnny Rock N' Roll

    Johnny Rock N' Roll Forum Resident

    I still love tapes.

    In most cases, it's the most attractive looking physical format to me. I love the sound the tape makes moving around inside its case.

    I'm sure it's all tied to nostalgia, but it's still there. I buy more vinyl than tapes, but I still buy 'em. In 2021, I've purchased or have been gifted 5 or 6 cassettes so far.

    And nothing beats a 4-song demo from a punk, hardcore or metal band.

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