If you have an old 8-track player you've been holding onto and feel like leapfrogging a few generations of music media altogether, here's a handy guide on turning that old piece of junk into a shiny new iPod dock.
The Gadgets: Panasonic's SL-850 quadraphonic turntable, featuring the unusual 4.0 discrete-channel format for stereo-besting sound. (As the brochure says, "In the real world, sound comes from literally every direction.") Plus, GE's 4-Channel Receiver, with a built-in 8-track cassette player.
The 2-XL was an interactive educational robot (by interactive, we mean it had four buttons: question, yes/true, no/false, and "more info) from the late '70s that used different 8-track tapes for its different functions. Basically, it was just a talking 8-track deck, and the four buttons just selected different tracks.
Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date:
SSD, Smesh Smesh Dee. Here's my visual tribute to magnetic tape, the storage medium that can be measured in MBytes, minutes and meters.