The Rise and Fall of the Cassette Tape
I have known of cassettes my entire life – our old family car had a cassette player and I have fond memories of listening to ABBA tapes with my mum and driving to visit relatives and friends.
Rewind back to 35 years ago, in 1982, Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street released in Japan on a shiny metal disc that cost $35 and could only be played on a $1,750 device. It wasn’t exactly a best seller, but his music released on a CD ushered in a new medium would change music forever. But what about the cassettes that came before?
In 1985, Dire Straits released Brothers in Arms. The CD version of this album would be the first CD release to ever outsell cassettes. From here, it was a fast decline into obscurity with cassettes, with the last major label release…
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