Blog 15.8.2012 Comments Off on Vinyl Records and Casette Tapes making a comeback???

Over the last few years, there have been countless stories about the supposed “return” of vinyl, as people have actually been buying more vinyl records and we are seeing them pop up in stores like Fry’s Electronics. It still a tiny part of the market, but it has continued to grow over the past few years. However, if vinyl is actually making a comeback, what about other supposedly “dead” formats? Apparently cassette tapes are making a comeback as well, at least among a small group of adults 40yrs and up. KCBS reported today that a few of the cassette tape market isn’t for nostalgia, but because their vehicles still had tape players in them!

They went on to say that listeners 13 yrs and younger preferred YouTube to listen to their music over even the radio or streaming their music or iTunes. 14 to 20 preferred iTunes and streaming over any other format.

Some consumers complain that MP3s are simply too disposable, and by giving people a cassette, it makes it seem more tangible, real and permanent. We can understand that line of thinking, but wonder if it’s more wishful thinking than anything else. And those are the folks that are refusing to adapt in a world that was extremely tangible…or….just a want for memories of “mixed tapes”.

Either way, if we’re going to be reviving dead formats, how about the 8-track or the reel-to-reel? The band Cheap Trick released their last album on an 8-track in 2009, but we haven’t heard that it’s catching on with anyone else just yet…

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