Originally Posted by LimpyLoo
Holding a physical object in your hand is more exciting to me than an mp3.
I hope someone doesn't beat me to this... so to speak... but...
It depends on the physical object, doesn't it?
I've held a lot of cassettes in my hand. I've owned probably at least 30 cassette decks (not counting portable cassettes, blasters, or my 10 reel decks, five of which were multitracks).
And I would say that I conservatively have several thousand cassette tapes.
Maybe it's a familiarity breeds contempt thing.
Although, I have to say, I was utterly horrified by the crap sound from the very first
, incredibly expensive Sony stereo deck I heard (hooked up to a high end stereo). The deck cost about $600, as I recall it -- in 1969. (About $3750 today.) It sounded like utter shit. The flutter was incredibly bad. The high end was nonexistent.
But they did get better. And I warmed up enough to them that, after my reel deck was stolen (along with most of my stereo, a guitar, and 300 of my most recently played LPs), a few years later I broke down and bought one. One great thing: a good 90 minute cassette was about 1/4 the price of a decent 7" reel of tape.
And, let's give the format its due -- it made tape easy enough for fumble fingered consumers who could never figure out how to thread a tape deck to start the 'home taping revolution' of audio and video.
Anyhow, I still have a nice, 'pro' deck. But it's only for playing old tapes. Just for fun -- spurred, in fact, by nostalgia generated by a thread here at GS, I ran one of my recent mixes off onto a cassette. And, guess what? It sounded like a cassette. Ugh.