Posts Tagged ‘tape cassettes’

Endangered Species

May 16, 2018

Endangered Species

“National Audio Co. is the only company in the U.S. that produces cassette tape. Now, as cassette tapes enjoy a resurgence in popularity, National Audio has less than a year’s supply left of the stuff, the Wall Street Journal reports.

For the last 15 years, National Audio’s co-owner and president Steve Stepp has been clinging to his company’s dwindling supply of music-quality magnetic tape. In 2014, National Audio’s South Korean supplier stopped making the material, so Stepp bought out their remaining stock before they shuttered — and has been left with a shrinking stockpile ever since.

Although the demand for tape has increased in recent years, the quality and supply has not; National Audio has long relied on outdated gear that Stepp jokes is ‘the finest equipment the 1960s has to offer.’ That’s why the company — which makes cassettes for everyone from indie bands to Metallica — is planning to build the U.S.’s first high-grade tape manufacturing line in decades. The hope is that by January, their plant in Springfield, Missouri, will produce nearly 4 miles of tape per minute, and that they can sell the first cassettes with U.S.-made tape shortly thereafter.”

— “America is running out of cassette tape,” Kelly O’Meara Morales, The Week

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‘Cassette Tape’ Erased From the Dictionary? Rewind That.

August 30, 2011

'Cassette Tape' Erased Fron the Dictionary? Rewind That.

You may have read that the new 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary omits the term “cassette tape” from its entries to make room for a bunch of new Web terms like “sexting,” “retweet” and “woot.” Digital displaces analog, get it? Good story, only it doesn’t appear to be true.

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Cassettes Are Back

May 23, 2011

Cassettes Are Back

Psst … Actually, Dolby® noise reduction removes some of that “psst.” Good to know since audio cassettes are back. More precisely, the concept of cassettes is back:

 “Cassette tapes make a comeback,” Caitlin Curran, Washington Post.

“Best of DC 2011, Best Medium: Cassette,” Jonathan L. Fischer, Washington City Paper

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