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lewistgreen
post Jul 24 2017, 09:11 PM
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The classic cassette format has never really disappeared, though many record labels chose to ditch the format due to lack of popularity after the turn of the century.

Recently, artists such as Lana Del Rey, alt-J, You Me At Six, Erasure and Father John Misty have issued their recent albums on cassette, with Arcade Fire and JAY-Z planning releases on the classic format also.

Though not as big as the scale as vinyl records have become once more, cassettes have shown a modest increase in popularity again.

So I ask, do you still use cassettes? Did you used to? Would you be interested in them again?


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post Jul 24 2017, 09:16 PM
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I don't now, I used to though.

Out of interest, how much does a cassette player go for nowadays? Specifically a Walkman?
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post Jul 24 2017, 09:22 PM
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I've got loads of albums on cassettes and a very small collection of single cassettes, but I'm too frightened to play them now, as the tape could break, they are very old, plus I don't have a cassette player no more, I just keep them for nostalgia purposes.
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post Jul 24 2017, 09:39 PM
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Jul 24 2017, 10:16 PM) *
I don't now, I used to though.

Out of interest, how much does a cassette player go for nowadays? Specifically a Walkman?


You can pick up a new cassette player for around £20. Sony Walkmans seem to vary from £30 all the way in to the hundreds!

Aldi stocked a Boombox last month for £25 I think it was and I wish I had got hold of one. I hope they have them on Special Buy again soon!


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post Jul 24 2017, 10:30 PM
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Is there really any logic behind this revival though? I mean sure I get the nostalgia, but practically speaking, they can't really improve what a cassette is, and naturally in time it is going to wear and affect the sound quality. Not to mention the impracticality of having to fast forward and rewind to get to the song you want to listen to. huh.gif

This for sure will not be a media format I will be returning to anytime in the future.

So we've seen the revival of the vinyl, and the cassette, maybe the next one due is the albeit brief concept of the mini-disc. wink.gif
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post Jul 25 2017, 11:48 AM
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cassette was the worst format of all for buying music and playing music, but for recording music (off the radio) or radio shows it was fab. I still have hundreds of cassettes and reel-to-reel's waiting to be copied to mp3....and no time to do it.
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post Jul 25 2017, 01:35 PM
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I wouldnt go back to casettes..all that fast forwarding and rewinding to get to your favourite song. Or when the tape reel comes loose and gets tangled in the tape machine so annoying. Thy should be kept cofined to the history books IMO
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post Jul 25 2017, 04:33 PM
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I bought lots of cassettes in the 80s and then ended up buying most of them again on CD. I also recorded loads of songs off the radio onto blank cassettes by acts that weren't quite good enough for me to buy a whole album by them.
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post Jul 25 2017, 05:53 PM
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I don't think cassettes will ever see anything near the sort of revival vinyl had. As established already in here, they're really not practical, they're not exactly attractive to look at and don't have a particularly appealing sound. Perhaps there is some sort of nostalgic value or new generations discovering them and finding them 'cool' like how it's cool to own vinyl, but vinyl has the advantage of having a distinct, appealing sound when you play them and are easily the most attractive format. That's slightly subjective, of course, but the size of them means the artwork is given more room for appreciation and there's lots of cool ways of packaging them. It kind of makes purchasing music in a physical way really exciting because you're presented with more than just something to keep the music protected in.

With streaming in such force, it's no surprise that it encourages people to 'fight back' and defend the physical form of consuming music and vinyl presents the best of what stream can never do.
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post Jul 29 2017, 02:01 PM
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post Jul 29 2017, 05:56 PM
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I have loads of cassettes and so does my dad. I think I might start going through them soon as some of them have ended up in the wrong boxes over the years. sleep.gif

I agree, this format should be confined to history for the reasons already highlighted.
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post Jul 29 2017, 06:52 PM
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I haven't got any recently released albums on cassette, although I was strangely tempted to buy Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan on this format! thinking.gif

Cassette was the first format I used, but it was only for a couple of years (1996/97), then I got a CD player and didn't look back. laugh.gif Fast-forwarding and rewinding was such a pain.

I've still got my cassette album / singles, for some reason I never wanted to let go of them (and I'm glad I didn't, purely for the sake of nostalgia).
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post Jul 29 2017, 08:05 PM
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Cassettes >>> Vinyl
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post Jul 29 2017, 11:20 PM
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I have quite a lot of cassettes in my collection.


The Beatles - 1967-1970 (Cassette 1 only. The other one is missing for some reason)
The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Live At The BBC [1994]
Big Audio Dynamite - This Is Big Audio Dynamite
Blur - For Tomorrow [single]
Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
Dire Straits - Dire Straits
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw & The Cooked
George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
The Human League - Dare [it's badly warped though]
INXS - Kick
Janis Joplin With Full Tilt Boogie - Pearl [one of the oldest cassette pressings I own. might as well date back to 1974]
The La's - The La's
The Lightning Seeds - Jollification
Lush - Mad Love EP
Manic Street Preachers - Gold Against The Soul
Marc Bolan And T. Rex - Best Of The 20th Century Boy
Men At Work - Business As Usual
Michael Jackson - Bad
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Vol. 2
Morcheeba - Big Calm
Prince - Dirty Mind
Prince And The Revolution - Parade
The Proclaimers - Sunshine On Leith
REM - The Best Of REM
Ride - Today Forever EP
Sting - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
The The - Mind Bomb
Tom Waits - Closing Time
The Tragically Hip - Up To Here
Various - Now That's What I Call Music! 11
Various - Now That's What I Call Music! 18
Various - Secret Track 2
World Party - Bang!



All of these so far are either from my parents' collection, record fairs or from charity shops


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post Jul 31 2017, 03:05 PM
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Just dug out the entirety of my cassettes:



laugh.gif it was a dead format by the time I properly got into music so I only ever bought them years ago when I collected Spice Girls merchandise.
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post Aug 1 2017, 05:55 AM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Jul 31 2017, 04:05 PM) *
Just dug out the entirety of my cassettes:



laugh.gif it was a dead format by the time I properly got into music so I only ever bought them years ago when I collected Spice Girls merchandise.



Spicy dish of cassette


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My first ever album was Now 36 on Cassette. The only cassette I've bought in the last 15 years was last year, Brand New - Leaked Demos. That's the only physical format it was released in.
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post Aug 1 2017, 08:29 PM
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Don't think I've ever seen a cassette in a record store?!
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post Aug 1 2017, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Aug 1 2017, 09:29 PM) *
Don't think I've ever seen a cassette in a record store?!


I have!
My local indie store stocks a few sometimes.
The first one I saw was Death Cab For Cutie's Kitsungi
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My cassette collection consists of:

Feeder - Insomnia (1999)
Feeder - Yesterday Went Too Soon (1999)
Feeder - Paperfaces (1999)
Feeder - Seven Days in the Sun (2001)
Feeder - Turn (2001)
Feeder - Just a Day (2001)
Feeder - Borders (2012)
Ash - Cocoon (2015)

Feeder - Comfort in Sound (2002)
Feeder - All Bright Electric (2016)
Feeder - The Best Of (2017 on preorder)

I only purchase it from my favourite artists and don't even have a cassette player!
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