Audio cassette

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A standard audio cassette

An audio cassette is a type of cassette which can store music and sounds. To play a tape, a cassette player or cassette recorder is used. Cassettes store the sound on a magnetic tape that is wound around the two reels in the cassette.

History[change | change source]

The standard audio cassette was invented in 1962 by Lou Ottens of the Philips company.[1] They named it the "Compact Cassette". The first cassettes and cassette recorders were not very good. Over time, audio quality improved. During the 1970s, the cassette grew to be a popular physical audio format. Their popularity grew further during the following decades.

Decline in popularity[change | change source]

As compact discs grew in popularity, cassettes were used less. In 2011, the Oxford English Dictionary attempted to remove the word "cassette tape" from a small version of its book.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "How Music Technology Evolved Over the Years?". SpeakStick. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. David Moye (22 October 2011). "Oxford Dictionary Removes 'Cassette Tape,' Gets Sound Lashing From Audiophiles". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 July 2013.