I still have some, like the album of Jon Bon Jovy, Michael Jackson, sweet memory album (cassette), heavy metal and some from the album of Minang songs. I have collected them since I was in my Technical Senior High School in 1986. And they are still in good condition now, anytime I am longing for listening to them I can play them in my cassette player.
I still have a bunch of my old cassette tapes in a box in my closet. I have been slowly upgrading my tapes to CDs over the years but at this rate CDs will be obsolete soon too, so this project will probably never be finished.
I don't even own a cassette player anymore but the collector/geek in me won't allow me to simply throw them away. I guess they're museum pieces at this point.
Let us go back even further back in time. I do not know if I am a cranked up old fool(Is this a pun!), but the joy one gets out of listening to the old vinyl 78rpms or 45s is more intense than with all the techno-savvy gadgets. May be it is the nostalgic factor working over time here, I do not know.
I used to have 78s of the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev. It was a real joy to listen to them and I miss them.
As for cassettes, amser maith yn ol (a long time ago), when I was just 19, I went on a group overland tour of Turkey in a Ford Transit bus (another activity that no longer exists). Our driver bought a couple of pop music cassettes before we left Istanbul. By the time we got back, 3 weeks later, the cassettes sounded really weird and wonky. We had another driver as well, as the original one was in jail due to running over a Turk in Izmir.
I used to work with Sergei Prokofiev's granddaughter Anastasia. Although not a classical music buff, I had the pleasure of attending a performance celebrating his birthday in 2003,(obviously he passed away a few years before) in Manchester.
I used to own a lot of cassettes but got rid of them a few years ago, all but two or three, I think. Yes, I agree that there is joy in listening to records. You must be older than me (I'm 45), though I've definitey heard of the 78 rpm, I've never owned one/played it myself. When I was around my son's age (he's 12) the 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpms were around a lot. My dad, being a music fan, had a whole collection of 33 1/3 rpm record albums. He was trying to teach me how to play a record by setting down the needle as the record rotates, and I was so scared trying to do it because if I didn't do it right, this howling noise would come out of the speaker! Then my dad would yell at me! But I enjoyed listening to the static sound coming out of the speaker before the first song started playing. Now, you only have to push a single button to start the music on your ipod. Also, I didn't own a record player but still wanted to listen to music at my desk so my dad got me a boombox and I was listening to the radio and occasionally recording music from the radio on to a cassette tape. I had to wait closely for the timing. I would push down the bulky, square buttons to start recording and made sure I pushed the stop button as the song I was trying to record ended. This is nothing like downloading music from itunes on to your ipod, something my daughter does from time to time. I still remember how heavy those square buttons were and the noise it makes when I push down on them. Memories...
I'd go back to vinyl before cassettes. I grew up in the 1990s and I had a few tapes before finally switching to CDs and then six years ago iPods. I understand some people embrace simpler technology, but straightening the tape strings from a tape was and never will be fun to me.
That is cute! Never knew there was such a connection. I thought that it would be writing down on the label (a sticker placed on the cassette)with a pencil, though I always used a pen..lol. Another thing I did was stick a pencil/pen into one of the holes of the cassette and rotate it several times so that the tape would move smoothly and not get stuck inside the cassette player when it was being played.
Yesterday I looked at all my old cassettes and decided to write the songs on a list and see which I want to try to find online to download or whatever I need to do to keep them. I still have videotapes and a small TV/VCR combo that works wonderfully. It's the one I used when traveling with my boys in our motorhome. Fourteen years ago.
I used to put tape over the top of my moms country tapes and record snoop and dre off the radio on them. I remember one time dubbing ODB over one of her like Garth Brooks or whoever and she took it with her in the car and played it.