Hi Eric:

I'm really surprised about the cassette fad. I can't understand it. Those things aren't particularly 
cool artifacts, and they sound really bad. Do people pass around mix tapes again? Why not just burn 
CDR's? So much easier to compile and mass duplicate, and they sound better. In a modern context, why 
not just make playlists in itunes and share those?

I can see the vinyl niche, and enjoy it myself. Vinyl can be mastered and manufactured to sound 
quite good (although nowhere near output=input to the original source), and the 12x12 artifact is 
just irresistable when it's done right.

I own a lot of original vinyl of my favorite music. When I find a digital source that sounds better 
than that (sometimes, not as often as I would have liked, the CDs were clearly superior, sometimes 
nowadays the HDTracks version ends up great), that becomes my go-to playback. I never wasted my 
money on mass-duped cassettes. My father had been in the tape duping business, in fact one of the 
first cassette dupers in the US. He told me all the compromises and problems involved with high 
speed duplicating, and opined that cassettes were designed as dictation media, and they worked great 
for that but not for high fidelity music transmission. He was right.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Cartier" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:27 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] What Your Music Format Says About You

> Hi ARSClist friends,
> There's an interesting article
> <>
> on Pitchfork about the "panoply of [format] choices" listeners have these
> days. I collect records, CDs, and cassettes, and I recently became a
> Spotify subscriber (basically because I couldn't bear to hear one more
> goshdarn Geico commercial interrupt an album, but also because I stream
> music at work and home for hours each day). I prefer rock and R&B and
> classical music on vinyl, electronic/ambient music on crisp CDs, and any
> genre (and mixtapes from friends) on cassettes. The cassette resurgence is
> real, I think, and it's cool at local shows to dig a group's set and hand a
> band member $5 or $10 for a tape at the merch table afterwards. It's a good
> format for small groups to use to get their music into fans' hands.
> Which formats do you prefer? Is anyone still listening to recordings on
> ADAT, DAT, or MiniDisc? And has *anyone* ever played or owned Elcasets? (To
> be honest, I'd never heard of that format until tonight.)
> In sound,
> Eric Cartier
> Digital Librarian
> University of Maryland Libraries