Could the Cassette Come Back In 2014?
  • TUESDAY, MAY 06, 2014

  • Posted by: Anthony Toto

For those of us consumed by music nostalgia, the cassette player might seriously make a comeback in the not so distant future as Sony recently scoffed at Apple iProducts with a groundbreaking discovery from a piece of technology long forgotten since the mid 90s.

During the International Magnetics Conference, Sony revealed a cassette tape with the storage capacity of 185 terabytes of data, which in simple terms means that it could hold 64 million songs. The scientists and engineers over at Sony utilized a technology described as "sputter deposition," using crystallized magnetic tape to create a cassette with record-breaking storage capacity. While Sony described the technology as an experiment, look for corporations, government agencies, and the Illuminati to utilize the new-age cassette for long-term data backup.

For those of us who remember, imagine trying to rewind and fast-forward through 64 million songs? If history tends to repeat itself, vinyl came back so I'm predicting the resurrection of cassette will occur. In fact, I'm totally on board for bringing back the fanny pack cassette walkmans! My early childhood memories of listening to music were through tape decks and boom boxes, and my favorite period of music was during the late 80s and early 90s, which just so happened to coincide with the cassette boom.

Here at Baeble, we love revisiting the bonafide classics and vintage galore of the 80s and 90s, so our entire office (or those who were alive to collect cassettes) ranked each of our five favorites from back in the day. In the process, we learned a lot about ourselves and our bizarre tastes...

Anthony Toto - Editorial Intern

For my list, I even turned to my mom and aunt for accuracy. At two-years old, I seriously would head bang to the riffs of my aunt's favorite cassettes from my playpen. As the metal head of the office, I learned how to crawl, walk, and mosh at a very young age.

1. Metallica - Master of Puppets/Garage Days Re-Revisted
2. Van Halen - 1984/5150
3. White Zombie - La Sexoristio: Devil Music, Vol. 1
4. Danzig - Danzig
5. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz


Matt Howard - Managing Editor

I spent a large portion of my youth (early 90s) on the Seaside Heights boardwalk where my dad would babysit from a bar stool with 10-bucks, all of which I pumped into a nearby wheel-game stacked with cassettes. Every winning prize was based on a six-year-old's guess, and although most were pretty spot-on, there was the occasional Aerosmith...

1. Pearl Jam - Vs.
2. Nirvana - Incesticide
3. Ween - The Pod
4. "Weird Al" Yankovic - Alapalooza
5. Aerosmith - Get a Grip

David Pitz - Director of Production

Oh man, where do I even begin with cassettes? The first one I bought on my own the cassingles I used to pay for in pocket change at the record store at the outlet mall, scouring the cheap bins at Camelot to round out artist catalogs (for some reason a lot of U2 and INXS), using specific dub methods on mandatory types of blank cassettes to trade Pearl Jam, Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins bootlegs on the internet it all seems pretty fresh in my mind. I even remember the sweet smell of ink and tape that seemed that seemed more permanent on some albums than others. Some of my all-time favs.

1. Beastie Boys - License To Ill
2. U2 - Achtung Baby
3. V/A - Singles Soundtrack
4. Nirvana - In Utero
5. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
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