Published on July 14th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


People Keep Pushing the Cassette Resurrection. Why?

This feature (via insists that cassettes are making a comeback. Last time I checked sales of cassettes in Canada–which was this past Monday–sales, which were already insignificant in the grand scheme of things, are down about 50% from where they were this time last year. Still, let’s give this misguided nostalgia a look.


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One Response to People Keep Pushing the Cassette Resurrection. Why?

  1. Marty Murray says:

    I know you hate these things, Alan, but I don’t really understand why. I’m almost 61. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, and being able to put all your favourite songs onto a thing you could play in your car, for over and hour, was remarkable for the time. I used high-grade tapes, so the sound quality was good. I despised 8-track – one of the worst formats ever invented, I think. I’ve been going through my old cassette mixtape collections and transferring them all to digital, and it’s been a very fun experience. Going back in time 30 years, to what I listened to back then. I’m loving it. Kids now are looking for something different, so that’s why this is picking up ground. The same as vinyl records. I still have my awesome JVC double cassette deck, which can do anything, and it still sounds great to my ears.

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