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I was at the thrift store the other day, and they had a big box of brand new cassette tapes. No label or anything. And the plastic looked new as well. They were 2 for $1. So I bought a couple.

My daughter and I have talked about cassette tapes, but you know what? She's never seen one in person until the other day. I explained to her how they work, and you had to eject the cassette and flip it over to play the other side. Or how the tabs on top were a simple way of write protection, but masking tape would solve it. And since it's magnetic tape, any magnet would ruin the music or recordings.

She thought technology was pretty fragile. No magnets, or the sun can warp a vinyl record for example.

Her latest (and last for the school year) photography assignment is "shadows." I thought a picture of the cassette tape being overshadowed by something like an MP3 player, or her phone, would make a nice picture. But she had different ideas.

It was just funny to me, that she'd never seen a cassette tape before. But honestly, I don't have a CD player anywhere, let alone a cassette tape player.
 
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I stopped into a vintage music store recently. I think I am one of few that still buy CD's for music in the car. This store had them all---records in 45, and full size along with cassettes, CD, and yes even 8 tracks. I have over 100 cassettes that I have tried giving away. When I told the guy at the store they were mostly 70's and 80's vintage rock, he said to bring them by. Sounds like he will pay from 25 cent up to a buck each for them.
 
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Our last two vehicles have stereos without CD or tape capability. Not even satellite radio. Seems the rage is streaming everything. I don't stream anything, so please, give us the option of CD's or cassettes.
I think it's been this way for a while. I haven't seen a CD player in a new car for a few years. Definitely since before Covid.

I was thinking about the "technology" just now picking up my daughter from school.

In 25 or 30 years, will she show me some piece of tech, that I can't figure out how to use?
 
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I still have a truck with a cassette player in it, along with a boot box full of cassette tapes. The car stereo was made by Alpine. I live in Alpine, Texas. When my nephews were little kids, they thought I was way cool to have a car stereo named after our little podunk town. 😄
 
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I think it's been this way for a while. I haven't seen a CD player in a new car for a few years. Definitely since before Covid.

I was thinking about the "technology" just now picking up my daughter from school.

In 25 or 30 years, will she show me some piece of tech, that I can't figure out how to use?
I think 2013 was the last year for most manufacturers.
 

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I have over 200 cassette tapes, a Radio Shack portable player and a boom box that can play the tapes.
I also have, four still in original wrapping, of VHS tapes; two CD/DVD/VHS player-recorders.
I miss being able to play my cassette tapes in my old Plymouth Duster. I had to switch to CD's when I bought my 2001 Chevy S-10.
Almost forgot, I still have some 45's, 78's and 33 1/3 albums and a phonograph to play them on. The phonograph can also play 8-track tapes but only have one (Santana).
My newer laptops do not have a CD drive so I got an older lap with a CD drive and have made copies of all my CD's to save the originals after making copies for my truck and my Bose.
I donated my Trac-phone and flip phones to the battered women's sheltersome time ago.
I don't miss my Kodak Instamatic Camera as I upgraded to a Nikon Coolpix from a pawn shop.
It seems like I am always a little behind the times on technology.
 
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When my all-in-one PC died and I replaced it with a laptop, I felt uncomfortable not having a way to play or load a CD. I bought an external CD drive that plugs into the laptop with a USB connection. The only time I have used it so far, in the last two years, has been to load the TurboTax CD at tax time.

Years ago I gave my already grown kids all of my old records and my turntable and now I wish I had not done so. I still have a multi CD player that holds 100 CD's, hooked up to a powered speaker system, but I can't even remember the last time that I played any of my CD's.

Times change and we have to learn to change with it.
 
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I still have a crap ton of blank CD-R discs that I've never used. Also some 3.5 inch discs.
It wasn't too long ago that I chucked my 8 tracks and cassettes because I no longer had players that worked. Plus they were all getting brittle anyway.
 
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Circa 1979, Keflavik NAS, Iceland. One of the most used of the hobby shops was the audio shop. Cassettes were coming into vogue (anyone that spent any time in SEA bought reel to reel machines when on R&R in Japan.) Everyone was using the audio hobby shop to transfer the reel to reel music they taped onto cassettes. By the mid '80's if you were stationed overseas, getting a good stereo system and speakers was just about a must due to the prices. All the systems had turntables and dual cassette decks, reel to reel were passe by 1985. I still have a VERY nice Kenwood system with Pioneer and Bose speakers and a lot of cassettes that we recorded music onto (it was not uncommon to swap LP's all around to get music). By the late 80's early 90's stereos were all digital and cassettes were passe as cd's were the way to go. And now cd's??? And now with streaming, satellite radio, etc. one has to wonder what the future will bring...
 
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I was at the thrift store the other day, and they had a big box of brand new cassette tapes. No label or anything. And the plastic looked new as well. They were 2 for $1. So I bought a couple.

My daughter and I have talked about cassette tapes, but you know what? She's never seen one in person until the other day. I explained to her how they work, and you had to eject the cassette and flip it over to play the other side. Or how the tabs on top were a simple way of write protection, but masking tape would solve it. And since it's magnetic tape, any magnet would ruin the music or recordings.

She thought technology was pretty fragile. No magnets, or the sun can warp a vinyl record for example.

Her latest (and last for the school year) photography assignment is "shadows." I thought a picture of the cassette tape being overshadowed by something like an MP3 player, or her phone, would make a nice picture. But she had different ideas.

It was just funny to me, that she'd never seen a cassette tape before. But honestly, I don't have a CD player anywhere, let alone a cassette tape player.
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Are you old enough to remember how cool this ad image was. It was for cassette tapes.
 
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