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The Best 8-tracks Ever

Updated on February 11, 2013

Eight-Track Tape Cartridges!

Eight tracks, commonly known as the eight-track cartridge, eight-track tape, or eight-track, is a magnetic tape sound recording technology, popular from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s.

The popularity of both four-track and eight-track cartridges grew from the booming automobile industry. In September 1965, Ford Motor Company introduced dealer-installed eight-track players as an option on most models, and RCA Victor introduced 50 Stereo-8 Cartridges of pre-recorded music from its label's artists. By 1966, all of Ford's vehicles offered this upgrade. Thanks to Ford's backing, the eight-track format quickly won out over the four-track format, with Muntz abandoning it completely by late 1970.

Despite its problems, the format gained steady popularity because of its convenience and portability. Home players were introduced in 1966 that allowed consumers to share tapes between their homes and portable systems. "Boombox" type players were also popular. With the availability of cartridge systems for the home, consumers started thinking of eight-tracks as a viable alternative to vinyl records, not only as a convenience for the car. Within a year, prerecorded releases on eight-track began to arrive within a month of the vinyl release. Eight-track recorders had gained popularity by the early 1970s.

Quadraphonic eight-track cartridges (introduced by RCA in September 1970) were also produced, with the major auto manufacturers being particularly eager to promote in-car quadraphonic players as a pricey option. The format enjoyed a moderate amount of success for a time but faded in the mid-1970s. These cartridges are prized by collectors since they provide four channels of discrete sound, unlike matrixed formats such as SQ. Most quadraphonic albums were specially mixed for the quad format.

Eight-track was a popular and highly portable music format suitable for home, recreation, or vehicle that reached a wide market and perpetuated the recordings of a majority of music genres. The eight-track format maintained a cult following with avid collectors even after its demise on the open market.

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Growing Up With 8-Tracks

Enough with the technical stuff! I grew up playing my favorite music on an 8-track portable radio/player and the old 8-track tapes will always have a place in my heart.

Compared to the CDs that we all use today, they were bulky and took up a lot of room but back in the sixties, they were a great way to carry our favorite music with us.

Most of us who can remember the 8-tracks, can remember getting real mad when a tape would stick and come un-wound. You used to see a lot of "tape" scattered along the highways where they got tossed when they screwed up right in the middle of someones favorite tune.

Maybe we would have tried repairing those tapes if we would have had the internet to find some answers. Here are a couple of quick links to help you out when you want to repair those old tapes.

Troubleshooting Cartridge Problems

Troubleshooting Player Problems

How Does 8-Track Work?

8-Track Repair

Finding 8-track Tapes!

There are still a lot of "bargain" 8-track tapes out there! You can find them at many garage sales and flea markets fairly cheap.

If you're just getting started, you might want to check with all of your friends and family members as many of them probably have boxes of them sitting in the garage or attic. If so, they would more than likely give them to you just to get rid of them.

Then there is always eBay! You'll find some great buys just by scrolling down to our eBay auctions. We only show auctions that are about to end but if you click on any one of them, you'll be able to find every 8-track that is listed on eBay.

There's also a link in "Favorite Links" where you can search for and buy your favorite 8-track tapes. I've never ordered from them but figured I should include their link.

Here's a link where you can post classifieds for buying or selling 8-tracks: 8trackheaven-ads

Looking For 8-Track Tapes? Why Not Check Out This On-Line 8-Track Tape Garage Sale! Over 84000 Items

There's nothing more fun than a "garage sale" for the collector, and this one has over 84,000 8-track related items! Just click on this link to check them out: 8-Track Collectables Garage Sale!

All of these items are from people just like you and me who have a shop on Bonanzle. The link above only gives you the "8-track related" items and their prices. Like a garage sale, if the shop owners happen to be on-line, you can dicker the price because each shop has it's own "chat board".

Who knows! You may enjoy checking out these items so much that you'll want to open your own shop. And why not! It's free!

Here's The Link To My Bonanzle Store!

Looking For Unusual or Vintage Items?

Check Out My On-Line Store!

Jerry's Place!

8-Track Videos

For Sale! My Extras

As time permits, I'll be listing some of my extra 8-tracks here.

As far as reliability goes, you can check my feedback on eBay. I have over 700 positive feed-backs and no negatives. I'm tired of paying eBay both on eBay and again through Paypal, so I'll be trying to sell through my Squidoo sites.

I don't have the time or ambition to try to find out the values of these tapes so I'll be charging a straight $10 ea. plus the shipping costs. Maybe you'll find some good values! Maybe not! Contact Me!

Conditions vary as these are used (vintage) tapes! While I do play them to make sure that they are working, the labels vary from excellent to poor so ask questions about the tapes that you are interested in. And please remember, an 8-track that is working fine can stick and unwind at any time. I've had plenty of experience with this!

Tapes For Sale:

Three Dog Night Golden Greats P8-3664 1979 Pickwick

More American Graffiti MCAT2-11006 1979 MCA

High Energy TV2628 1979 KTEL

Neil Diamond Gold 8/3084 1972 Record Club of America

The Beatles 1967-1970 Part 1 1973 Apple Records

The Beatles 1967-1970 Part 2 1973 Apple Records

Rolling Stones Greatest Hits Vol. II 1977 TeeVee Records

Statler Brothers Bed of Roses MC861317 Mercury

American Graffiti 41 Hits MCAT2-8001 MCA

Saturday Night Fever 8T-2-4001 1977 RSO

Red Foxx Matinee Idol (label half gone, back-side)

More tapes listed later!

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