And when we look beyond U.S. borders, the cassette remains crucial in a lot of countries, in a variety of contexts.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List on behalf of Timothy Wisniewski
Sent: Wed 12/30/2009 4:24 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Media Timeline - Historical Assistance Please
I agree with Jack. The cassette is still alive as a niche format, not
just for radio programs, but also it continues to be a popular format
with small-run independent labels, particularly those of the
experimental, "noise", and "lo-fi" varieties. For reasons both
aesthetic and practical, some find the format preferable to CDR for
small-run releases. I suspect these small-run labels are among the
main constituents keeping the few bulk cassette suppliers left in
On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM, jack palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I wonder about the cassette tape use. Many radio shows are still copied and sold in that format although MP3s are taking over a lot of it now. I would say it was still a niche use. At least for another year or so.
> From: Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Tue, December 29, 2009 4:36:33 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Media Timeline - Historical Assistance Please
> Hello, All!
> Happy New Year!
> I was helping my older son (the budding musician) with a school project and I tried to find a good timeline of audio recording media for CONSUMER DELIVERY and I realized that it is more difficult to create than it initially appears.
> What I really would like to see are date ranges for
> Development (which can involve limited commercialization)
> Major Factor
> Dominant Format
> Decline of Format
> Niche application of Format
> End of Format
> Not all formats would have all dates.
> I see this ultimately as a coloured bar chart with hotter colours as it is used more.
> I would like to address (at least) the following formats. I have Developed and Ended dates for all of them (any corrections would be appreciated). I use 2025 to mean "ongoing" as it makes the math easier and these will run off the right side of the chart.
> Here is what I'm hoping for (and these are guesstimates). Note that all dates are not required for each format. See the LP for a completely filled sequence.
> Should I start with sheet music? ? ?
> Cylinder Developed 1877 Ended 1931
> Acoustical 78s Developed 1897 Ended 1931
> Electrical 78s Developed 1924 Ended 1962
> **Long Play 33 Developed 1948 Major 1952 Dominant 1955 Decline 1980 Niche 1990 Ended 2025
> Single 45 Developed 1949 Ended 1990
> 2-track reel Developed 1953 Ended 1960
> 4-track cart Developed 1956 Ended 1965
> 4-track reel Developed 1958 Major 1963 Decline 1970 Ended 1980
> cassette Developed 1963 Major 1970 Dominant 1978 Decline 1993 Niche 2002 Ended 2008
> 8-track cart Developed 1965 Major 1968 Decline 1978 Ended 1988
> CD Developed 1982 Major 1986 Dominant 1990 Decline 2006 Ended 2025
> DCC Developed 1992 Ended 1996
> MD Developed 1992 Major 1995 Decline 2000 Ended 2009
> Digital Downloads Developed 1994 Major 1999 Dominant 2006 Ended 2025
> Another way of showing this (and more difficult in Excel) would be to have the width of the line indicate the relative dominance of a format on a given date. I don't think we have enough data to do that for all of these.
> Whatever dates any of you would like to modify or add, I would appreciate it.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
> Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.
Timothy Wisniewski, M.L.I.S.
Visual Materials Archivist
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
5801 Smith Avenue, Suite 235
Baltimore, MD 21209