What I loved about growing up in the ‘80s was watching technology advance the way it has from the walkman to the Discman, Mini Discs and on board storage for MP3 files. And while I believe I adapted quite will I still have a rather large collection of cassette tapes with a very workable tape player. Philips, the geniuses behind the cassette is celebrating the innovations 50th anniversary. The tape really shaped the form of the music industry putting portability of audio on the map even if it was Sony who introduced the first truly portable and personal music solution with the walkman in the late 1970’s. But Philips’ compact cassette recorder designed initially just for recording speech was its predecessor from the 1960’s. Of course recording concerts like live Hip Hop shows and Grateful Dead concerts was also made so much easier thanks to the development of tape technology.
There’s a lot of history around the cassette tape from political to romantic revelations. It’s still a source of nostalgia for a lot of us children of the Retro era. While audio quality might have been as sharp and distinct as vinyl or CD the cassette tape will still be one segment of audio technology that will always hold significant importance to what the trend has evolved into. It’s been a great 50 years for the music, cultural and portable media revolution!
[Via - Philips]