When it was first released, the iPod flew off shelves with the promise of storing 1,000 songs. Thirty years prior, fitting that much music in a single piece of consumer equipment was unheard of—except in the case of the Panasonic RS-296US.
Here's a fantastic short for you sci-fi fans: Record/Play, directed by Jesse Atlas, is a short film that covers time travel, love, changing fate, war, memories and cassette tapes. It's slow building yet tense, you're itching to see what new wrinkles each play of the tape will bring.
When I was a kid, I'm not sure how old, I got a little red Panasonic RQ-44A cassette player for Christmas. I learned about design, music, and even audio engineering on it. I still kind of miss it.
We all know CD sales have fallen like a drunken sorority girl in heels on an ice rink. But this infographic from Digital Music News, with 30 years of data shown in 30 seconds, really hammers the point home.
According to automotive experts, the last car to be factory-equipped with a cassette deck was a 2010 Lexus. As that final model—a Lexus SC 430—rolled off a production line somewhere, a bit of our childhoods faded away. Or did it really?
After 30 years, Sony has announced that they will stop manufacturing and selling the venerable cassette Walkman. In a poetic twist, the official death of the Walkman lands on the iPod's 9th anniversary.* UPDATE: Only dead in Japan
These clunky "firsts" will leave you hungry for a game of Duck Hunt and your favorite cassette. Or possibly send you scrambling to hug your sleek iPhone while giving thanks for the goodness that is modern technology.
The Rec & Play pens are part of a modern art exhibit that covers sound interaction. The red one records sound on paper, the black one plays it back. It's no concept, it actually works.
Forever overlooked by ironic iPhone coverings, the humble plastic cassette case gets a look-in on the action along with the cassette, where it acts as a stand for watching videos. A much more worthy job than just encasing the iPhone.
During the frigid Rochester winter of 1975, researchers at Kodak pieced together the future a quarter of a century early. Built from scavenged parts, the team had created their first "film-less" camera—an idea far ahead of its time.
Freecom's CLS external hard drive series take an aesthetic page from cassettes and floppies of our already distant memory. Each 2.5" drive is minimal, durable, and can be hand-labeled for quick reference to its contents.
What does it mean to be have been born in 2000? In a video that went viral earlier this month, Allison Louie-Garcia interviews 9-year-olds who can't hum a Britney Spears song and learned about 9/11 from a library book.
Digital music is great and everything, but I have never had the sound blow me back in my chair while I'm wearing sunglasses and drinking wine.
It's true, you'll only capture the effect of this picture if you buy many cassette tape lamps. The purchase of just one (in a motif not dissimilar from the consumption of one Lay's potato chip) will lead to inevitable disappointment.
How much do you know about the most celebrated personal stereo of all time, one that is today turning the big Three Oh? A lot? OK, hell, let's see what you got:
To commemorate the Sony Walkman's 30th birthday, here are the trippy ads Sony used to promote it in the '80s. Noble monkeys, off-key kids and sweet-toothed senseis—where's that f'd up sense of humor now, Sony?
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: