Would the Micro-cassette be worth mentioning perhaps as a
sub-species? The format is still in production.
What about the short lived Elcaset?
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
At 02:24 PM 12/30/2009, you wrote:
>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
>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.
> > Thanks!
> > Cheers,
> > Richard
> > 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
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