Here’s some audio cassette tape nostalgia

Cassette tape

Remember those weekend walks to the music store? Mix-tapes were all the rage and you wanted a tape-to-tape recording. There were a lot of different blank cassette tapes to choose from. Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it? is a project of, built to showcase the amazing beauty and (sometimes) weirdness found in the designs of the common audio tape cassette. There’s an amazing range of designs, starting from the early 60’s functional cassette designs, moving through the colourful playfulness of the 70’s audio tapes to amazing shape variations during the 80’s and 90’s.”

Cassette tapes

Via reaction [beta].

The people at ‘No Name No Slogan’ have conducted an ‘in-depth’ study, testing the audio cassette against the iPod. The results are quite interesting.

Cassette tape vs iPod

13 responses

  1. Excellent.

    I still remember the amazement and wonder at the first clear cassettes.

    “Wow! you can see the insides and everything!”

  2. This entry caught my eye right away when I saw the cassette. I remember making mix tapes on my little fisher stereo ! I also remember a friend that tried to hook up christmas lights to it. Ummmm, not so good. Think SMOKE !

    For years and years I have dreamed of having enough energy to try to catalog the contents of my 100+ casette tapes. I still haven’t motivated myself. But I just can’t let them go! :)

  3. I wholly agree with the drop test picture above first off.

    I remember the same amazement I experienced at the clear cassettes. And call me old fashioned if you will, but espcially if you bought cassettes of older albums designed like that and then you saw what the original cassette looked like when the album was first released, I found that it kinda killed my buzz to an extent.

    My question, as long winded as it no doubt is to some, is this:
    More so with pre-recorded cassettes than blanks, and this has been a curiosity of mine for some time, why did the designs change so mush over time, i.e. the change from the (1)label on the cassette which I thought looked cool, (2)cream/grey/white to black shells on which the print could easily be rubbed off in some cases, and (3) what purpose did the clear cassette shells serve?

    Soem people I know, and even certain internet trading sites, are making ‘value comparisons’ on cassettes similar to those of original and newer pressings of older lps.

  4. Hello.
    Who owns copyright to these tape images?
    I am wondering about the top one. (minus the creative design writing)

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