This invention meant that no longer would people have to ‘only’ listen to whichever tape they had, or listen to the radio. This invention meant that now we had the ability to take our favorite songs off of different tapes and make our own personal mixes. The most widely used brands in the day were Maxell and Memorex. This was a fabulous way to give gifts to friends or crushes back in the 1980’s. A personal mixtape could say things that the old school love notes could not. If you gave someone a tape with Foreigner’s ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ it meant more than ‘roses are red, violets are blue.’ Plus you could always write a little love note on the inside of the tape sleeve, or on the tape’s label.
According to StorageCraft.com it is thought that in pristine condition audio cassettes can have a lifespan of thirty years. However ones that have received lots of playback tend to last half as long. This is just a heads up for anyone with classic mixes that one day they may want to play on some retro tape deck. They might work, or the tape might get caught in the gears of the player, and we all know that winding the tape back in using a pencil can be a pain in the ass!
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