Infographic: the history of the cassette tape - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:58 am
Infographic: the history of the cassette tape

Mix-tapes, fast-forwarding, cassingles, high-speed dubbing, tape-flipping, rewinding and recording were all a part of our lives in the cassette era.

The tape, known in the music business as the compact cassette, was in our cars and stereos and traded between friends and significant others. It's more portable than vinyl and still sounds pretty good, but the format was knocked off its pedestal by digital audio and the compact disc.

Though the cassette era is mostly over — the 2010 Lexus SC430 was the last car to have a factory-installed tape deck — some people still dig the plastic cartridges.

Brought to market by Philips in September 1963, the format has endured 50 years.

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Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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