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  1. Satya

    Just as vinyl, cassettes need to come back. Analog and digital, both have their pros and cons.

    In the digital domain the sound is certainly very clean, but prone to over compression and sudden failures. Again the digital equipments themselves are always prone to the vicious cycle of upgrades, which in turn takes a lot of time and money from their users in the way of running after the upgrades and applying them practically, and again ultimately become obsolete. In the analog world, this vicious cycle of upgrades is not there, one buys a good equipment and that’s it. Again no need to worry about a good DAC in the analog world.

    Vinyl for sure does not fail all of sudden, and even cassettes also provide symptoms before they eventually get fully damaged, but of course if the cassette player has some problems, then the cassette may fail all of a sudden.
    So in the end I think analog is better for audio, digital may be retained for video. Whether studios should go back to analog or retain the digital technology is a matter of another debate.

    • Anonymous

      I also think tapes should make a comeback remember people used to trade tapes with a copy of theit favorite band slip it in your back pocket and sneak out your player in the bathroom or listen to it on the bus on the way home can you slip a cd in youre back pocket without sitting down and having it break in half plus cd players are way to bulky to fit in your pocket players and tapes were so convinent and easy to trade and so easy to pocket any carry around in school

      • Johnny Triggo

        Or sit there and listen to it on the crapper. Like some people do with their phones and iPods.

  2. Anonymous

    I have cassette tapes that I recored myself 30 years ago and they are as good as when I recorded them they a a lot more stronger than a CD and do not sratch.
    At worst if you have one with a damage section you can cut that out and join it with sticky tape in minutses
    CDs are rubbish if it gets scratched it is finished and they don’t sound that much better.
    BRING BACK THE CASSETTE AND TRANSFER YOUR CD TO TAPE.
    THE YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY DONT KNOW WHAT THEY MISSED IN THE 60 70 and 80s

    • Anonymous

      Here here. I have Vinyl cd’s and have recently accumulated 300 cassette tapes. Sound quality on many , especially jap recordings are as good if not better than vinyl or cd.

    • Johnny Triggo

      Forget cassettes. Bring back the 8 track. There’s nothing like changing the order of the songs from the original album to compensate for space. Then to have a long silent pause while it changes tracks. What about the gobs of tape that sometimes spits out of the player? Try splicing that back together. And don’t forget, If you didn’t want to listen to the song that was playing, you had the option to change tracks. Remember that one? Cassettes had some of the same problems. The only really annoying one that I can think of was fast forwarding or rewinding to a song you wanted to hear; waiting and guessing at what point it came in. Or You could watch a tape counter. Not while you’re driving. Ah nostalgia.

    • John

      Analog is better, no question about it. Only the ones that never had anything analog would argue.

  3. Billy

    I have started buying cassettes again. I have bought them in oxfam music and eBay. I have about 250 bought for less than £500. I also have bought new tapes by smaller bands all of which come with download codes. Analog is better to listen to than Digital it has a deeper warmer sound and its a physical product.

  4. Anonymous

    I hope cassette tapes come back companies like Sony TDK Maxell BASF and many others hide buyers Chrome very Chrome and metal I’ve been recording with cassette tapes since the seventies eighties and nineties now they’re hard to get people still look to record on cassette decks and they give you a great sound almost like digital or like digital depending on the cassette deck if it’s a high-end cassette deck come back to says save millions of people that way sincerely Janeiro

  5. Jean

    Cassettes… and Boomboxes!

    We are at a crossroads with the cassette tape once again but probably for one last time. I’ve started buying them again and I am going to make recordings from my vinyl records and other tapes and even some mp3, why not? It’s going to be fun. For nostalgic reasons it can be brought back, and it’ll be a unique time for the 40-50+year old generations to show the newer generations what it was all about, one last time before it dies off again.

    What’d be the problem about Pioneer, Sony, JVC, Sharp, Aiwa, bring out old-style boomboxes with cassette player/recorder modified to incorporate all the new technologies? I for one, would buy more than one of such “updated” boomboxes, and I suspect many others would do so as well, and not just the 40-50+year olds, but many from the younger generations would as well. I suspect this 40-50+year old generation would have no qualms to spend some money to “retrieve” some of their youth back, and they do have money, much more so than their younger generations. I also think the 30-40 year old generation that followed heard enough about these boomboxes and tapes to want to get into the action as well. Younger generations would also follow, not so much for the tapes but for the overall appeal of old-style boomboxes. Forget the CD players, they make boomboxes too oval in shape and no-one collects them. Hence, they’ve come and gone for good. Keep the CD’s for yet another resurgence in the making, the home Hi-Fi stereo system, and all its separate components.

    I believe the cassette tape is almost like the record in terms of its overall nostalgic appeal. A great number of people are just refusing to throw away their records, and to a lesser degree many also are keeping their tapes. Today however, the cassette is still very important to many places around our planet. In certain countries is as strong as it has ever been (certain Asian/Pacific countries, India, some Arab states, look it up). I don’t expect some items such as the VHS and Beta tapes, and floppy disks, (8-track too, sorry 8-track fans) will never stage a comeback of any kind. Boomboxes have not lost their appeal, in fact, quite the opposite is true, and for this reason the cassette will also continue to exist. Old style boomboxes can play all your tunes right off our smart phones with the aux 3.5mm cable. They are still very much useful. You have your AM/FM receiver, the cassette (let’s just say for nostalgic fun), and you’ve got the capability to play your smart phone tunes, and extremely portable for many functions. You can take it to the park, to the family picnic, to the backyard, to the beach, vacation, and just like it was done decades ago, take it to the neighborhood and dance away with your friends.

    Have fun!

    • Scott Parsons

      Hey Jean,

      Well said! I completely agree. I personally still have a huge cassette collection and a trusty boombox that i’ll never get rid of.

      I agree that certain formats have gone the way of the dodo bird (and for good reason) but certain formats, like vinyl and cassette, will never lose their appeal. I think it’s because of the signature sound they give you. It’s a sound that will never go away, and a sound that can never be faked.

      Thanks again for sharing your wonderful insights!

      Best,
      Scott

  6. MIKE

    I hope real to real comes back too. Sounds even better than cassette.

  7. Yashimotohiro

    Yeah, I have a Marantz 2385 sitting in my basement on a pallet – covered so it does not get dusted – and I can remember making my OWN tapes from the radio and then using them as a DJ in the PUBS.
    I had a deck that I could use to fast forward to the songs I wanted or needed.
    For fun I would light a pair of speakers on FIRE with that marantz at the end of the night as a contest to see what speakers could handle the pressure..all with the help of them little tapes!

    I just acquired my dream mixer to. A Mackie 32x8x2 8 buss Analogue Mixer. Now I need some tape player/recorders to “deck” myself out and recording is soooo easy the old school way. Then just put the master onto an MP format and I’m done.

  8. Claudio_Chile

    Hi guys: I am a Chilean cassette fan, and just yesterday the technician returned me my deck Technics RS-M275X after replacing belts I bought by internet from Germany. The sounds is really excellent with Chrome and Metal, even normal tape. The DBS Dolby system reduces the noise to nothing, so no “ssss” can be listened. The head is quite good at the moment, but I don’t believe will be able to find replacement in the future. I have been buying tapes from different countries and got a good stock for continue recording many years, because is nice to have something solid instead something in the cloud that can disappear or be corrupted. I have a lot of digital music but the feeling is completely different than the ritual associated to seat in your living room, have a beer can in your hand, and just listen your old cassette you recorded in some past…

  9. Nils

    Haha, must have been fun sharing tapes and all back then. I’m a millennial who just got into analog sound so I the only thing I’ve exchanged is spotify playlists. I have a stereo with turntable (no, no crosley) and just got myself a tape deck, and damn. None of my setup was rather expensive, all 80’s stuff but yet it sounds so good. Im sticking to analog for a while.

  10. Anthony Harrington

    The sound on digital with all those codes dashes and zeros flying around (giving all of us mystery diseases) is too sterile. What you get with all the hissing and background sounds on analogue tape is origin. Stuff all that steaming and CD skipping, I dont want to hear music in a clear water fault free environment. I want impurity, you wont get that with CD there’s no smoke in the music. I bought loads from a charity shop 49p each i reckon I’ve made a bomb?

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