They've got it taped

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    Chippy_Tea

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    I know old stuff does the rounds but I never thought i would read this my question is why, "joys of rewinding their music using an old pen" really. :?:



    Cassettes are making a comeback with new figures revealing sales of albums on tape more than doubled last year.

    Listeners have been rediscovering the joys of rewinding their music using an old pen as the vintage format has seen sales at the highest level in 14 years.

    Almost 50,000 albums on tape were bought in 2018, a 125.3per cent increase on 2017 according to data from the British Phonographic Industry.

    The cool factor of what is now seen as a vintage way of listening to music is behind the spike In sales, despite digital devices being easier to use and having superior sound quality.

    Rock band The 1975 were last year’s top sellers with their latest album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, shipping 7,500 copies on cassette according to the Telegraph.

    Many of the top ten artists on tape, including Kylie, Queen, and Rick Astley, began their careers when cassettes were high-tech.

    Read in full - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...s-make-comeback-sales-albums-tape-double.html


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    Hi!
    If you yearn for the cassette experience, next time you play a CD, switcch on the radio at the same time and tune it off-station until you hear a loud and irritating hiss.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. Even with Dolby B noise reduction they were hissy, and lacked treble. A terrible format only suitable for cars when there was nothing better on offer. The youth of today, eh? What utter pillocks. What's next - it will become trendy to catch diphtheria?
     
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    Lol Brilliant.
     
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    I guess the yoof of today are so used to almost perfect sound quality that cassette tapes that most of us remember here are a novelty. Ive even seen London hipsters in Peckham sporting 1980s era walkmans
     
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    Cassettes were always shyte, in every aspect. But vinyl was, is, and forever will be the way for audio quality. I'm not going to respond to any claims to the contrary, cos I know damn well that I'm right.
     
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    I don't understand why anyone would go back to tapes. Reminds me of this though:

    vinyl-new-yorker.jpg
     
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    Cassettes were rubbish and I assume nothing has changed. Apart from hiss, the tapes themselves got tangled jamming the mechanism. Plus the drive mechanism on all the cassette players/decks I owned relied on thin rubber bands which eventually broke. And then there was the tape rewind noise which sounded like a bag of nails.
    They are the 1970s version of the first wind up gramophones with steel needles, and the best place for them is in a museum to demonstrate how technology advances, alongside Space Invaders and of course Hungry Horace, loaded onto a ZX Spectrum by a cheap cassette player.
     
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    Space invader you say? in a museum you say? au contraire! If you care you take a wander along the main drag in the hamlet you'll find 'the four quarters', where you can play retro 80's arcade games to your hearts content surrounded by the finest London hipsters

    http://geocities.fourquartersbar.co.uk/welcome-peckham/
     
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    Et tu, MyQul?
     
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    Err... I still have about 100 cassette tapes though I only ever listen to them when I'm bottling.
    Obviously I'd rather listen to a CD but the CD player on the machine stopped working after about 3 years though the radio and the tape player are still fine. In fact every CD player we've ever had has packed in after just a few years whereas `obsolete' technology just seems to go on forever.
     
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    Thought Myqul wouldn't be far away...
    Wonder if they'll fetch back dirty magazines?
     
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    I still have my LP12 record deck going regularly, as Gunge said, Vinyl always had the audio quality advantage over CD. The low quality, high convenience end of the market that cassettes once dominated has been replaced by MP3.

    I do miss a mix tape though.
     
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    Cassettes on spectrum were great

    Load ""

    stopped loading jhalf way through,, rewind. adjust volume on tape player

    Load "" start again
     
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    Then repeat a few times aunsure....
     
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    R Tape loading error
     
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    Annoying, but worth the wait when DigDug loaded up eventually...
     
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    This is great news!

    I've got a couple of old Walkmans, a personal CD player and a reel to reel somewhere in the loft.

    I might stick them on eBay with "vintage" and "retro" in the title to induce some hipster chump in to giving me loadsa money for them. :-)
     
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