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[–] Datawych 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cassettes and CDs both were pushed out way too quickly. I'm curious how the technology would've developed if the music industry didn't keep switching formats in order to try to force people to buy all their albums again.

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[–] Scotcheggs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

One thing is that they were mostly more durable than cds. Early cds/players would skip badly even if you mostly took care of them. They were fun to mess around with as a kid also. If you had some crappy cassette by a band you didn't like you could put tape over a part and record songs you did like off the radio onto them. Early music piracy.

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[–] SimonJ57 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Solid enough to support computer data.
If the cassete was expanded on and had decent support.
who knows where it could have ended up.

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[–] Scotcheggs 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Other than being durable and versitile it was still crap having to rewind or fast forward. The magnetic strip would also eventually wear out or become jammed and the sound quality was also pretty bad. I was around when cds first started coming out and when cassette tapes were most popular so I have some fond memories of them... I think having a load of flac files on my phone with its own dac and a 256gb tiny sd card is pretty cool for an advance in technology. I remember when 1gb hard drives first came out as a kid and that seemed huge let alone now we have 256gb sd cards the size of my pinky nail.

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[–] 6867428 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

DAT tapes?