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Before optical and then digital storage, magnetic tape was the standard. In the rush to develop dominant formats, we know Betamax lost out of VHS due to price (and because VHS captured the burgeoning porn market). But why did Phillips's compact cassette become the standard while almost no one has ever heard of the Sanyo Micro-Pack?


When it was first released, the iPod flew off shelves with the promise of storing 1000 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, and 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.


Cassette tapes might not have the audiophile cool of LPs. Or the durability of CDs. But for a long while, they were the medium of choice for plenty of folks, and damned near ubiquitous in cars. If you've got an older car, like me, you may appreciate this cassette player hack, which turns an ordinary line-in cassette adaptor into a Bluetooth-enabled one.