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Re: [ARSCLIST] The state of cassette tape
Maxell still makes XL-II, but not XL-II-S, though some stores still have
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I realize that there is no direct connection between the developing
Quantegy story and the state of 1/8" cassette tape, but it does get me
thinking--what is the state of the manufacturing and the longer term
prospects of cassette tape in the world today?
We deal with a lot of "oral history" materials and give advice to a
of people interested in "oral history." Many people out there who
to us for advice are befuddled and intimidated by digital recording
technology. As a result, I tend to give them a few options in
When I'm asked, I generally tell people that I figure one should able
obtain decent quality cassette tape for "Uh, at least the next--uh,
perhaps--five years. Maybe. Maybe longer even."
As for where that number comes from, I pretty much make it up.
I certainly feel like I'll be able to easily obtain cassettes after I
have to scrounge around to find 74 minute CD-Rs, and looooong after
have to rely on Ebay to get MiniDiscs, but still...
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