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By Jamey Nordby - October 18, 2019
While music streaming is one of the most popular options with today’s youths, vinyl has seen a comeback recently. Now, rumor has it that cassette tapes are also re-emerging into the mainstream. With this in mind, is it worth converting an audio tape to a CD?
Since 2011, the number of sales of cassette tapes has almost quadrupled. Stores are selling around 100,000 tapes every year. So, are cassettes really on their way back? If so, should we bother going through the conversion process? Or, should we just hold on and wait for companies to release new versions of old-school cassette players? Let’s take a closer look at the possibilities.
Vinyl has been going through a recent resurgence over the last few years. Now, more artists are following up on this trend by releasing new mainstream music on the cassette format. Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Jay Z are just some of the artists who have opted for this media. As a result, young collectors and listeners are becoming attracted to cassettes.
Last year, there was an enormous jump in the number of cassette tapes sold in the United States. This was because more mainstream music was being released on cassette. Nevertheless, there’s a problem with cassette tapes and that is how to play them. Many people got rid of their old cassette players years ago. With no more being made, it’s now difficult to find a way to play music recorded in this format. Also, the sound quality of music on cassette tapes is poor when compared with vinyl or digital media. It also doesn’t allow for DJing, and this is another issue that needs to be overcome. With all of this in mind, the boost in sales figures has come as a huge surprise in the industry.
Because of the issues of sound quality and lack of DJing potential and playability, tapes may not remain popular long-term. Streaming music offers greater convenience and you can enjoy your favorite tunes on your smartphone as you go. Cassette tapes simply can’t rival this convenience. Although tapes may be popular because they have a physical form, they can’t compete in terms of sound quality either. This means that digitization is going nowhere any time soon. While tapes may be popular with collectors, they are unlikely to overtake digital media.
So, should you still consider converting an audio tape to a CD? The answer is definitely yes. The sound quality you’ll enjoy from a CD will be infinitely greater than that on a cassette tape. You’ll still enjoy the benefits of a physical copy of your music when you choose the CD format. However, you’ll also have the possibility of converting it easily to a streaming format. This gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to play your favorite music through your car CD player on the move and enjoy outstanding quality. So, contact Reborn today and arrange your audio tape to CV conversion now.
By Jamey Nordby - September 29, 2019
By Jamey Nordby - June 21, 2019
Recently, vinyl has made a comeback to the great joy of fans of this playback format. Now, however, it seems as though cassettes are the next big thing. Tape sales are currently only accounting for 1 percent of albums sold. Yet, with every year, the number of sales is increasing, and the market is seeing unexpected growth. For all those who took great pride in their cassette collections, this is great news. However, what do you do if your cassette player has long since been relegated to the landfill? The answer lies in our ability to transfer audio tape to CD in Denver.
At one time, audio cassettes were the top format in which people could buy music. In the 1980s, cassettes outsold vinyl LPs and CDs. Tapes were popular because people could easily play them virtually anywhere. Unlike a record or CD, you could play tapes on the move thanks to car stereos and the Walkman. Also, tapes were more resilient than a vinyl record.
Cassettes were also more affordable. In the last two decades of the 20th century, they cost around half a CD version of the album. It was only in the late 90s that cassettes began to fall out of fashion. The arrival of the Discman meant it was possible to play CDs wherever you went. Then, when MP3 players arrived, that seemed to doom the life of the audio tape.
It’s come as a surprise to many people that cassette sales have seen an upturn. While there has always been an underlying passion for records, it was long assumed people wouldn’t miss tapes.
Audio cassettes don’t have the same quality of sound as a vinyl record. They also lack the perfection and clarity of a digital format. However, what they have in spades is nostalgic value. Most of us went through our adolescence playing cassettes.
Although streaming services and MP3 files are convenient, people like to touch and hold things. When you hold a cassette tape and admire its artwork, it’s often equally important as the music itself.
In 2017 alone, people purchased around 20,000 audio tapes –- double the amount sold during the previous year. A primary drive behind these increased sales could be the “Guardians of The Galaxy” movie. Starlord’s mixed tapes, which he played on a Walkman, introduced a new generation to cassettes.
Some 1980’s albums were even released on audio tape in 2017. Blondie, Morrissey, The Charlatans, and Kasabian all chose this format. Expect many more artists to follow. The Manic Street Preachers announced they will be using the format in the future.
While it’s great that audio tapes are becoming popular again, it raises practical issues. Not everybody still has his or her own 1980s tape recorder. So, how are you going to listen to your favorite albums?
The answer is to use a service that can convert audio tape to CD in Denver. Reborn can transfer all your favorite cassettes to the more accessible CD format. You’ll soon be listening to all your old favorites!