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Could Cassette Tapes Be Making A Comeback?

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Cassette Tape Resurgance

Cassette tapes might be making a come back! And not just if you're a hipster!

Well, mostly if you're just a hipster. But some indie bands are doing it because it's cheaper (really?) and to get it to the audience in a quicker (seriously, really?) fashion.

As of mid-August, music-related cassette album sales are up 46% from last year at 22,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last year, they said, cassette album sales were at about 15,000.

But that still doesn't sound like a lot.

Rob Mason of Old Flame Records tries to explain:

"From a musicmaker standpoint, I love it because they are very inexpensive to make. I can make 100 for not a very large investment. Especially compared to making vinyl — it's like a tenth of the cost."

Okay, we understand that it's that way compared to vinyl.

But people are buying vinyl for sound warmth/quality, the nostalgic/retro feel, and hip status, not for the speed in which it's released. We get the feeling the only reason people are buying tapes is because they think it's the cool, novelty thing to do — and the "cool thing" doesn't seem to last long if there really isn't a practical application to it.

Besides, the truth of the matter is that digital format is still cheaper and quicker.

So no. Tapes aren't making a comeback, not really. Even the term "cassette tape" was even removed from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary this year.

Do U still listen to tapes??

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11 comments to “Could Cassette Tapes Be Making A Comeback?”



  1. 1

    it won't happen



  2. 2

    who the hell is going to untangle that?! come on! take care of your cassettes dammit!



  3. 3

    I agree, it won't happen, but I still have most of my cassettes.



  4. 4

    This is so lame. Anything to try to be different. Try…



  5. 5

    I actually STILL have the original one in my car. I haven't wanted to disrupt the curve of my dash by installing something else. Never thought much of it since I don't drive a lot. But I've noticed some looks when I flip the tapes over in traffic. Lol



  6. 6

    I was so happy to toss out every clunky piece of plastic I had. No attachment to those things at all. Vinyl is classic but cassettes just suck.



  7. 7

    Re: carrie from la – That is awesome. Not to sound creepy, but I would love to take car rides with you haha.



  8. 8

    i blame stupid fucking hipsters



  9. 9

    How can making a cassette tape be easier and cheaper than a CD that you can burn in 10 seconds?



  10. 10

    Who has a tape player anymore? The last tape player I had was in my 2003 Jetta! Even my 3 year olds fisher price toy with a microphone is a mp3 player!



  11. 11

    @brdatwrk & @gregoryschmo: I love how people get so angry at outsiders. Are you guys in a fraternity? Cassettes actually sound great. Listen to how tape saturation compliments Bonham's drums, for example (though most people these days can't differentiate sound quality). For people who are into weird things like 'aesthetics', a physical object with moving parts has a strong allure. We don't all evaluate solely on efficiency, profitability and practicality. We are losing the ability to appreciate nuance and subtlety. The MP3 is a good metaphor- eliminate the nuance, convey the general idea; perfect for our ADD.