Although the birth and growth of the cassette began in the 1960s, its cultural moment took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The cassette's popularity grew during these years as a result of being a more effective, convenient and portable way of listening to music. Stereo tape decks and boom boxes became some of the most highly sought-after consumer products of both decades. Portable pocket recorders and high-fidelity ("hi-fi") players, such as Sony's Walkman (1979), also enabled users to take their music with them anywhere with ease. The increasing user-friendliness of the cassette led to its popularity around the globe.
The Walkman defined the portable music market for the decade of the '80s, with cassette sales overtaking those of LPs. Very few companies (as of 2021) still make cassettes. Among those are National Audio Company, from the US, and Mulann, also known as Recording The Masters, from France.
Describing the cassette as 'the unlikely comeback kid of music formats', the Official Charts Company said there was a 103% increase on cassette sales in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. 65,000 cassettes were purchased in the first half of 2020 and the figures are on course to top 100,000 for the first time since 2003.
The best selling cassettes of 2020 were largely in the pop genre, with 5 Seconds of Summer, Lady Gaga, The 1975, Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa taking the top five spots. During the pandemic of 2020/2021, that has done huge damage to the music industry, these years could justifiably be called the years of the cassette tape. According to British Phonographic Industry figures, a staggering 156,542 cassettes were sold in the UK last year, the highest figure since 2003 and an increase of 94.7% (!) on 2019 sales.
Popular blank cassettes are: Maxell UR-90, Memorex DBS-90, TDK and C90 tapes.
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