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Re: [ARSCLIST] The state of cassette tape
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From: "andy kolovos" <akolovos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> 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 lot
> of people interested in "oral history." Many people out there who come
> to us for advice are befuddled and intimidated by digital recording
> technology. As a result, I tend to give them a few options in cassette
> When I'm asked, I generally tell people that I figure one should able to
> 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 I'll
> have to rely on Ebay to get MiniDiscs, but still...
Two things come to mind...
1) There will probably be unsold cassettes kicking around in stores until
somebody decides to either waste-can them or sell them off cheap!
2) As well, there will probably always be quantities of used-once
cassettes that can be re-used (listen first to see if the content
has any interest or value!)...
Steven C. Barr