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An early 8-track mixtape from 1974

A mixtape (or mixed-tape) is any compilation of songs recorded onto a cassette tape or other storage medium.[1] A mixtape usually shows the kind of music that the person who made it likes to listen to. It can range from a randomly selected list of favourite songs, to a conceptual mix of songs of the same genre or mood. Making mixtapes may be considered an art form.[2]

Since the 1990s, the term "mixtape" can also describe releases used to promote one or more new musical artists, or as a pre-release by more established artists to promote upcoming albums.[3]

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  1. "Mixtape". Merriam Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixtape. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. Resnick, Michael (2006). "BurnLists: The Digital "Mix Tape" Comes Of Age". http://www.events-in-music.com/burnlist-mix-tapes.html. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  3. Mitchell, Shamika Ann (2007). Mickey Hess. ed. Icons of Hip Hop (1. publ. ed.). Westport, CT [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780313339035. https://books.google.com/books?id=WUJDr83m4n8C&pg=PA11. Retrieved 14 June 2012.