From Tom Fine: "...-- even if your DATs play without issues,
transfer them and count yourself happy and lucky because your player is
finite and not replaceable..."
You can add VCR based digital recordings to the same list along with
virtually all tape drives. Even hard disks are starting to look at their
solid state replacements. All of this stuff is far too expensive to
manufacture audio only sized quantities of.
It's the Achilles heel of all digital media. Anything that doesn't migrate
away from obsolete media soon enough becomes useless. DAT only had a ten
year run of serious use and the tapes remain subject to the self-erasure
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