Yeah, I'd agree with that. In the late '90s I was eyeing Dolby S decks, but they were hella expensive. Dolby was charging a fortune for licensing (stupid) and they also required the decks adhere to a much higher standard than before (not stupid, but bad timing), sorta like JVC had done with the VHS HQ term, mandating those decks include certain improvements to qualify for the label. I was waiting for the prices to drop, knowing that if I really wanted to record something, I could just tape it on my VHS Hi-Fi deck and it would sound as good as any cassette deck. I didn't have many tapes, and I didn't own a cassette deck anymore or have a car or a cassette Walkman, having used portable CD players since 1987. The ideal solution to my mind would be a recordable CD, but those were hella expensive. Then there was the DCC / MiniDisc format war. Both were more convienent than cassette, although you could argue they didn't sound as good as a 3-head cassette deck with Dolby S. I kinda wanted DCC to take off, but I realized it had come to market at least 3 - and probably 5 - years too late. MiniDisc was certainly rugged and convienent, and cute. But the lack of any sort of backwards compatibility seemed like a dealbreaker. And CD burners were, like I said, hella expensive. Until suddenly, they weren't. I think sometime circa '98, prices of computer CD burners began to plummet. The blank discs were cheaper and held more than Zip discs on the PC, meaning they were a viable - and at the time very high-capacity - backup format, too. If you had a lot of data to backup, suddenly the cost of a CD burner and a few blank CDs was a lot cheaper than the cost of that many Zip discs at $20 or whatever a pop. More importantly, suddenly they were cheaper than most if not all good Dolby S decks. So, why screw around with cassette at all, let alone DCC or MiniDisc. Splat!