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A Gallery of Vintage Blank Audio Cassette Tapes

A Gallery of Vintage Blank Audio Cassette Tapes

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It's easy to get nostalgic for the days of vinyl records -- it's harder to muster up the same sentiment for audio cassettes. They didn't sound as good and they could be a pain in the ass to deal with. About the only thing they had going for them was size. Still, seeing them does bring back memories of countless hours spent making mixtapes and recording old episodes of the Howard Stern Show from the radio (WXRK New York to be specific). So whether you grew up with names like Maxell, BASF, and TDK as a part of your lives or not, you should get some enjoyment out of this gallery of blank audio cassette tapes -- most of which are from the '80s. Many of these specimens are brands and cassette lines that I used. All images are courtesy the excellent site tapedeck.org. ...
Retrotisements: RIP Sony Walkman (1979 – 2010)

Retrotisements: RIP Sony Walkman (1979 – 2010)

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You ever read an obituary on some famous, really old celebrity and think, "I thought that person was dead already"?  I reacted in much the same way when I read recently that one of Sony's most famous products, the Walkman, was discontinued from production in Japan. Who even listens to cassettes anymore, except hipsters wanting to look all ironic?  And more importantly, who would listen to one in public? Well at one time the Sony Walkman was the product to have, and I was a proud owner.  I can't say I'll miss them, even though I have fond memories of playing my cassette copy of Alive! on an endless loop as a youth.  But it's an important piece of music history, so the least I can do is throw some classic Walkman advertisements your way.  Check back in 30 years so we can wax nostalgic