12 Apr '17, 5pm

Retro Teardown: Inside An 8-Track Stereo Player

Retro Teardown: Inside An 8-Track Stereo Player

Yes, the cassette was better tan 8-track, but 8-track was incredibly popular. Endless low end stereos with players, lots of car audio that played them. Columbia House even had an 8-track tape club. Someone was buying them. I have seen used 8-track tapes in recent years, a trickle, but I don’t remember a large number on the used market. I think I just didn’t notice, nothing would make me buy them, but maybe they weren’t there. Maybe by the time people were tossing, the secondary market wasn’t there. I suspect one thing, if someone started buying them, they probably felt locked. So they’d buy a player for home, and keep buying tapes, rather than restart in another format. Though maybe for some, they just wanted the latest hits, so once that album had finished its shelf life, it no longer mattered, so no need to keep playing them. A while back, and maybe it is ten years now, ...

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