Today’s topic from Mark Moerman!

Now that disc has sort of taken over from tape, it seems appropriate to write about failed tape formats.

Micro Cassette – I don’t have any pre-recorded ones, but I am told they exist.

Reel-to-Reel – I only have a few pre-recorded ones left, after they got expensive on eBay.  I have hundreds of ones I recorded.

Cassette – Is this really getting ‘big’ again?  I remember buying a Sony TC-161SD and thinking it was a big deal! (But that was in about 1973!)

8-Track Tape – I used to have a lot of this format, but…my first car (a Datsun B-210) had an 8-track Tape player in it!

4-track Tape – Madman Muntz!  Was similar to an 8-Track, but didn’t have a capstan in the cartridge.

Playtape – Remember then Playtape?  No way to record onto one of those.

One Comment

  1. Posted April 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    What about elcasets? According to Wikipedia, after the format quickly failed, the remaining stock was sold off in Finland!

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