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?
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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.
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?