Life After Death: Cassettes Are Making A Indie Comeback

10.03.11 6 years ago 16 Comments

USA Today:

The editors of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary decided to remove the term “cassette tape” from its pages this summer to help make room for 400 new words including “cyberbullying” and “retweet.”

It’s starting to look like that move may have been premature.

The 2.5-by-4-inch compact cassette that overtook vinyl albums and passed by eight-track tapes in the 1970s and ’80s is experiencing a bit of a comeback, which some say is being fueled by the growth of indie music popularity. A growing number of indie bands are turning to the format to get their music out more quickly and inexpensively, according to Rob Mason, the owner of Old Flame Records.

“From a musicmaker standpoint, I love it because they are very inexpensive to make,” Mason said. “I can make 100 for not a very large investment. Especially compared to making vinyl — it’s like a tenth of the cost.”

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