Historically, it was preceeded by the cylinder, same attributes.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Of interest -- cassettes hit the US market, Billboard
Pertinent to some of our recent discussions about the Philips Compact
It's interesting how quickly this technology evolved from a portable
dictation format at first to a viable (if not great sounding)
music-distribution format in a few short years.
Noting the success of the mass-duped cassette, especially after boomboxes
and then Walkman players hit the market, one can understand why portability
and convenience once again trumped fidelity with the rise of digital
-- Tom Fine