In age of instant music, fans rewind to cassettes


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They've got to be kidding. Cassettes have nowhere near the sound quality of a properly-pressed LP record, and they've even inferior to today's 256 kilobits per second data rate MP3 and AAC digital audio files found on Amazon's MP3 download service and on iTunes Store. Why revive a playback format with even more mechanical playback issues than LP's?

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Well, I have had hundreds of cassette taped in my lifetime and still do, and have had few problems with them. I have even repaired some of them so they can play once again. Try that with LP's or CD's. And not everyone wants absolutely perfect sound quality anyway.

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Exactly. Just like many people will still eat at the Olive Garden.

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But Bohrman saw a distinct advantage—it costs his label a little over one dollar to produce each tape, while a vinyl run could cost thousands of dollars and take months. With the lower overhead, Burger Records has specialized in signing obscure garage acts for cassette releases.

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This is being odd for the sake of being odd. If you really want people to listen to the entire album you can just master the CD without track separations (or the mp3).

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Seems like the "music download" thing is is also not so big a thing in NYC too... this in reference of an article of CDs vs Download music situation in Japan published here last week.

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this is a USA article so it makes a lot of sense - the US is way behind Japan in music

cassettes and vinyl predate the restrictions places by the millenium act, so though the sound quality is considered :worse: you could still make copies of the vinyl record via the cassette.

every cassette sold in the us still sends money back to the industry for "research"

just like cd's do

people are not buying- The cd's in record stores are not the new music people want to try out, and we have made it prohibitive to share music via mp3 to see what people will like. we have octogenarians still on the airwaves and in our big and medium venues - not the fresh music people want.

i'm just glad no one is resurrecting 8 track

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What?! An article on Japan Today about cassettes and Burger Records with no mention of the fact that Burger Records have released a Japanese band's cassette? The band is Boys Age and you should definitely check them out. They're fantastic! :)

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