I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

SSD, Smesh Smesh Dee. Here's my visual tribute to magnetic tape, the storage medium that can be measured in MBytes, minutes and meters.

From Wikipedia:

Magnetic tape revolutionized the broadcast and recording industries. In an age when all radio (and later television) was live, it allowed programming to be prerecorded. In a time when gramophone records were recorded in one take, it allowed recordings to be created in multiple stages and easily mixed and edited with a minimal loss in quality between generations. It is also one of the key enabling technologies in the development of modern computers. Magnetic tape allowed massive amounts of data to be stored in computers for long periods of time and rapidly accessed when needed.

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

[Top Photo Courtesy of Phil Aaronson]