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Old 19-05-2013, 14:18
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Inspired by IzzyS's vinyl thread, I want to know when was the last time you bought a single and/or an album by a cassette tape. I remember back in the late 90s when Aqua came out, one of my classmates would bring a Barbie Girl single tape and play it for the whole day! Same thing with B*Witched and the song Cest La Vie.

Cassette Tape is pretty much a dead form now thanks to the eventual rise of digital sales. I think the last time I bought a tape was one of the NOW compilations in early 2000s, I think. After that, I just bought CDs and eventually making a transition to downloads and streaming for the last few years.

So, I'm wondering, when was the last time you bought a single and/or an album cassette tape? Also, have you ever recorded over it?
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Old 19-05-2013, 18:23
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December 2007, when I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw one for sale in WHSmith! An old copy of Now That's What I Call Music 58, knocked down from 10.99 to 3 on a shelf otherwise completely full of CDs. I bought it purely for novelty value as I thought it would be the last time I'd genuinely see one for sale somewhere that wasn't a charity shop, and I was right, I haven't seen any since.

I used to have a portable cassette player as a kid, which got upgraded to a CD one in about 1998. I never bought much pop music on tapes though, instead it was things like The Best of Disney or The Simpsons Sing the Blues. When I really got into music (1999 onwards) I'd record the music videos off The Box, and then started downloading mp3s around 2002-3.
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Old 19-05-2013, 19:17
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Never rated pre-recorded tapes for quality - much preferred my own recordings.

Only really had a handful of pre-recs; last one I got was 'New York House'n Authority' only because at the time LP/CD versions were hard to find and I really wanted that album.

Still got a SEALED 1985 TDK SA-60 and a nice barely used TDK MA-XG
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Old 19-05-2013, 19:40
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When I was a teen I would buy singles on cassette because they were cheap, and I'd buy albums on CD. I can't remember what tape I last bought. It probably would have been the early 00s or maybe earlier. I used to have all sorts: pretty much every All Saints single, Perfect Day '97 single, a few Spice Girls ones, the odd 5ive one, Backstreet Boys, I had the Big Brother theme tune on one...
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Old 19-05-2013, 22:15
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Used to have a cassette Walkman and Regularly brought cassettes from a 2nd hand shop record shop , at one point i used to take out with me my bag with 20/30 cassettes in.

plus i remember sitting the with my C90 , recording my favorite songs from my many Cds.
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Old 19-05-2013, 22:34
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I rarely ever bought cassette albums or singles as I hated the sound quality of a lot of them. They sounded so tinny and flat and lower in recording volume, compared to cd's and vinyl. I prefered to just record my records/cds onto good quality blank cassettes if I wanted to listen to them on my Walkman!

I did buy the occasional pre-recorded cassette if it was in a sale or some special offer. I remember getting a couple of the NOW albums on cassette in the 80's and I bought a couple of Manics albums on cassette in the 90's (but ended up buying them on CD later anyway). I hardly ever bought cassette singles but remember buying Destiny's Child's Bills Bills Bills on cassette. In fact that may have been the last time I ever bought a pre-recorded cassette!
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Old 19-05-2013, 23:14
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I used to buy a lot of cassette tapes as a kid as I had a Walkman to listen to in the car. I remember carrying a bag of tapes with me on long car journeys. I started buying CDs in early 2001/2002. I think the last tape I bought was in 2002. I recorded some songs off a friend's CD to a blank tape once and I still remember how to do it
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Old 20-05-2013, 00:21
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well I didn't buy it, a 1st aider at my primary school gave me them coz she knew I was a big fan and she didn't want them. it was spice girls first 2 albums [spice and spiceworld] on cassette. I already had spice on CD but didn't tell her out of kindness. That was probably 1997/1998. I was about 6 or 7. Gawd I feel old lol
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Old 20-05-2013, 07:35
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The first albums I bought with my own money were all pre-recorded cassettes - Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, ABBA - The Album, Hotel California by the Eagles. The only cassette single I bought was Up The Hill Backwards by D. Bowie. God knows why as I always thought cassette singles were pointless.
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Old 20-05-2013, 08:05
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I never really bought tapes. Always vinyl then cds. Only ever really bought blank ones for mix tapes and recording off the radio. Still got a tape I recorded of Genesis from about 1977. I did buy New Orders Substance on twin cassette as it had extra tracks from the cd, and I wanted something to play on holiday. Also remember buying a Was Not Was album in 1981 that had extra tracks.
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Old 14-08-2013, 16:45
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I'm just starting to get back into cassettes. In the charity shops the used vinyl is no longer a good value or choice - some rarer ones individually priced and a tub of well thumbed ones at usually too high a price. But...
The cassette shelf recently has had some SUPERB albums from the 70's - 90's that of they were on vinyl would have been priced at 20+.

The thing is that most of the used records are well used and the tapes can sound better. This week I have picked up:

Ultravox - Lament (1984)
Fleetwood Mac - Mirage (1982) - Chromedioxide tape
The Beatles 1962-1966 (1973)
Derek B - Bullet From A Gun (1988)
Beth Orton - Central Reservation (1999)
Genesis - Seconds Out (1977, two tapes)
David Rodigan's Reggae Mix (1985)
Thomas Dolby - Retrospectacle (1992)

and quite a few other ones by artists that I had never heard of - just to try. Some sound really good on chrome tape. The Beatles was actually an original 1973 tape and the sound quality is quite addictive. It sounds nothing like the modern CD or download, being quite solid and raw with a brash treble - like a live sound, yet the vocal is very clear. This one I have played a few times.

And the best part is that they all cost 10 Pence each!
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Old 14-08-2013, 16:52
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I actually sometimes quite liked the sound of tapes compared to CDs. They are analogue after all. And it was more fun to compile a mix tape than it is to burn a CD. And write out the tracklist on the piece of card. And put the stickers on. Ah, memories.
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Old 14-08-2013, 22:33
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I found a really unusual but good one earlier today - True Stories by David Sancious & Tone. From 1978 and on Arista records it mixes a jazz sound with a Yes style. Cassette sounds great and very crisp. Almost robbery at 10 Pence - long may these bargains continue. http://db.tt/IvsaMG2s
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Old 14-08-2013, 22:51
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I haven't bought a cassette tape since the 80s. The last one I bought was probably the Weird Science soundtrack.

But one of my co-workers has this phone cover:
http://i.imgur.com/EMxBrth.jpg

Makes me smile every time I see it.
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Old 14-08-2013, 22:59
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Mixtapes (rarely pre-recorded cassettes) were my first music related experience. I don't really miss the bad quality of sound or the fact that the last song of side A would always get butchered, but I do miss the process of choosing the songs I wanted to include. And carrying a walkman around is also a pretty vivid memory from my childhood
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Old 14-08-2013, 23:01
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I used to have all my old childhood 90s classics on tape, I don't have them anyone it would be nice for nostalgic purposes Such as Steps, S club 7, Spice girls, Gina G, Billie, Hanson. The last time must of been Atomic Kitten - Eternal flame.
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Old 14-08-2013, 23:10
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Good memories there. Last one from me for now - how about this cassingle from...wait for it...2011! http://db.tt/J0inESp7
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Old 14-08-2013, 23:10
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i still use cassette, i have got a old portable radio cassette player and it is nice to sit back, relax and listen to some old recordings.
Talking about audio tape, this is a better way of recording audio

My brother got a Akai reel to reel and the sound is amzing, sadly tapes are so expensive these days.
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Old 15-08-2013, 15:27
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I'm thinking it must have been in the late 1990s, as in cassette tapes released then that were on sale in a shop. I bought a promo cassette tape for a group I like, on Ebay a few years ago but thats different I guess. I think I got my CD player in 1995 or 1996 and I tried to buy my favourite albums on CD after that.
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Old 15-08-2013, 15:33
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This used to be my alternative to buying singles I liked back in the day: (All Saints/Spice Girls etc) when I could not afford the CD single. Had quite a collection! I remember back in 2004 picking up a cassette single of "The Way" by Divine Inspiration for a penny in ASDA Coventry!! Shame I lost a lot of these when moving houses.

Re: the phone case. I've ordered a cassette case for S3!!
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Old 15-08-2013, 16:39
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Online shop 'Cassettivity' sells only cassettes, all brand new music and most limited edition cassette only releases. I ordered three today and one was a superb electronic 80's sound with synths and drum beats. After ordering one it said 'out of stock' then dissapeared from the website. New music on tape with hand made sleeves - sounds a winner to me.

It may be just me but I don't know why cassette tapes are not WAY more popular. I have just had a Technics RS-B965 back from the repair shop and with new heads, capacitors and belts I am ready to take on the world!
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Old 15-08-2013, 22:25
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I'd love to get my Walkman repaired so if that repair shop could help me out or knowing where to go would be interesting to know, Soundbox :]
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Old 16-08-2013, 21:27
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I used to have all my old childhood 90s classics on tape, I don't have them anyone it would be nice for nostalgic purposes Such as Steps, S club 7, Spice girls, Gina G, Billie, Hanson. The last time must of been Atomic Kitten - Eternal flame.
I used to have them all as well! I still have most of mine. I also have a copy of Eternal Flame on cassette
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Old 16-08-2013, 21:38
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December 2007, when I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw one for sale in WHSmith! An old copy of Now That's What I Call Music 58, knocked down from 10.99 to 3 on a shelf otherwise completely full of CDs. I bought it purely for novelty value as I thought it would be the last time I'd genuinely see one for sale somewhere that wasn't a charity shop, and I was right, I haven't seen any since..
I think they still sell blank audio cassettes in Tescos these days along with VHS tapes. Oh if anyone is interested, the last Now on Tape was Now 62 in 2006.
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Old 16-08-2013, 22:34
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I think they still sell blank audio cassettes in Tescos these days along with VHS tapes. Oh if anyone is interested, the last Now on Tape was Now 62 in 2006.
I remember seeing that in HMV Coventry back then. Was tempted though
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