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I have listened to UYI I on audio cassette recently and it was great. 

Who else still has audio cassettes and/or walkmans? 

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I have lots of cassettes. The tape deck on my stereo runs slow and warbbley, though. Most of the tape decks I've tried using are the same.

I have a vintage 2 track recording console that records to cassette. Its in storage but I used it somewhat recently and its so cool to work in real time to tape, with no editing. Back in the day, I used to record maybe a guitar and vocal on the 2 tracks and then play that back on a boom box into a mic and then play an additional track of guitar in the other channel. And so on and so on. 

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I do. They're my favorite way to play music, unfortunately they aren't being sold in normal shops anymore and the radio I have can play... well, radio, CDs (not MP3 though) and cassettes but now the CDs don't work anymore. But I won't give up on the only cassette player in the house that soon :lol:

Anyone else whose cassettes have been eaten by the cassette recorder?

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I used to have a pretty comprehensive tape collection. 2-3 boxes. But I got drunk and came back and pissed all over them. All the oxidide mixed with the urine and ruined all the tape. The booklets had a cool rust tie dyed effect but the tapes wouldn’t play. So began the cd era. 

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I grew up with cassettes so I just gotta ask- why would anyone choose to listen to them over any other possible format? I can see the collecting aspect of them but that’s about it. They sound terrible, and yeah, you never know when the tape deck is gonna eat them and you pull out a 4 ft tangle of tape out of the fucker... 

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1 hour ago, Fitha_whiskey said:

I grew up with cassettes so I just gotta ask- why would anyone choose to listen to them over any other possible format? I can see the collecting aspect of them but that’s about it. They sound terrible, and yeah, you never know when the tape deck is gonna eat them and you pull out a 4 ft tangle of tape out of the fucker... 

I don't think that they sound "terrible", but that's just my opinion. Audio Cassettes and other physical mediums are more interesting for me than Spotify or other streaming platforms. There is also the nostalgic aspect. I used to make mix tapes all the time in the past. 

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10 hours ago, Fitha_whiskey said:

I grew up with cassettes so I just gotta ask- why would anyone choose to listen to them over any other possible format? I can see the collecting aspect of them but that’s about it. They sound terrible, and yeah, you never know when the tape deck is gonna eat them and you pull out a 4 ft tangle of tape out of the fucker... 

I grew up with CDs and cassettes and I kinda enjoy this background noise. The cassette player I have has become nice and hasn't eaten a cassette for years.

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10 hours ago, Fitha_whiskey said:

I grew up with cassettes so I just gotta ask- why would anyone choose to listen to them over any other possible format? I can see the collecting aspect of them but that’s about it. They sound terrible, and yeah, you never know when the tape deck is gonna eat them and you pull out a 4 ft tangle of tape out of the fucker... 

I know right, what the fuck do you wanna listen to that fuckin' bollocks for, Christ Almighty, those weren't the fuckin' days, walking around with a Sony brick snuggled against your fuckin' cock, rewind, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch, oh shit whats happened, oh, 30 yards of fuckin' brown tape has turned into fuckin' spaghetti junction in my pocket, wheres my fuckin' pencil?  FUCK...that..shit.  Tryna fuckin' guess how many seconds of rewind is equivalent to the song you're listenin' to just cuz you wanna skip a track, fuck that fuckin' shit, leave it a year or two and then play it and it sounds like some cunts fuckin' torturing mice in there.  And then head cleaners, the most useless piece of fuckin' shite remedial repair tool ever fuckin' shit out into the civilised world.

Why the fuck would anyone wanna listen to that fuckin' shite again?  I was fuckin' 16 before I even got my hands on a fuckin' CD player and fuck me was I a fuckin' happy bunny after years of fuckin' cassettes, I wouldn't mind if i never saw one of those shits again.  I bought a fuckin' DVD a while back on Joe Strummer and with it you get this fuckin' cassette of some interview with him done in Spain and I was like what the fuck am I supposed to do with this fuckin' shite, you may as well've given me a fuckin' gramaphone record.

Audio cassettes by fuckin' smelly arse.  fuckin' VHS'll be making a comeback too next, watch.  And porn mags with a big black bar over the fuckin' money shots.

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Tapes made you listen to the album more closely. With cds you can jump around so easily. Vinyl you can pick the needle. But tapes you just sort of have to listen to it all the way through. I guess you could fast forward but its so inefficient. Therefore the best albums were made in the tape era, because they knew we’d listen to the whole thing. 

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On 7/13/2018 at 5:05 PM, wasted said:

I used to have a pretty comprehensive tape collection. 2-3 boxes. But I got drunk and came back and pissed all over them. All the oxidide mixed with the urine and ruined all the tape. The booklets had a cool rust tie dyed effect but the tapes wouldn’t play. So began the cd era. 

Classic. 

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I just have one cassette, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol.2. My local record shop sells tapes as well, that's where I got that one.

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I grew up with those unreliable pieces of shit as the only form of music available (CD players were for rich families) and whilst there are some genuinely pleasing effects associated with tape and the recording process, as a playback medium it sucks donkey balls. I lost AFD and a copy of UYI2 to the jaws of my walkman. I'll take a 320kbps mp3 over a cassette any day of the week.

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