Music Technology 2014: The Return of the Cassette?

Apple ipod classic Steve JobsThe Future Is Now, it’s 2014….where is music headed? First we had vinyl, reel-to-reel, then 8-tracks, cassettes, compact discs, every version of digital audio today. Everything is getting shrunk down so small that most people today don’t need to own a dedicated player to store their music. Today, we listen to music on high storage Smartphones or simply stream favorite playlists online. The iPod has seen sales steadily dropping as new technology makes it obsolete. But what about those diehards (like Me) that own a ridiculous amount of music and want all of it available at a moment’s notice. For years, the iPod Classic was the storage choice for audiophiles. Holding up to 160GB of music, you could get close to 40,000 songs at your fingertips.

“I SOLD MY BED BUT NOT MY STEREO” Capital Cities

Capital Cities I sold my bed but not my stereoThis May, Sony announced a new innovation that may soon change the way we take charge of our music. Is it some brand new, 21st Century state of the art innovation? Actually, it’s a throw back to the 80’s they’ve reinvented. A new magnetic cassette tape was created that holds 148GB per SQUARE INCH. That means one cassette could hold 185TB of music or roughly 64 MILLION songs! Imagine having every song ever recorded on one little cassette tape. Scientific terms like “sputter deposition” and “High Power Impulse Magnetron” have been used to advance the storage media possibilities to epic proportions. Will we be seeing the cassette takeover soon? Scientists believe this technology will be best utilized for long-term mass data backup, aka boring public records, medical reports, NASA data, and those numbers that accountants love to crunch. But where this is a market, someone will capitalize on this technology and we could be seeing tape decks back in our cars and kids playing boomboxes and Walkmans again one day!

“I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO” LL COOL J

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