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I think that in order to understand why some people (me included) like 
formats that "sound worse" we cannot use a technical analysis.
To be "easily reproduced" and "mass-duplicated" are exactly what takes 
emotional value out from files of different types.
It is what is NOT easily accessible which tends to be cool and hip as 
opposed to mass-marketed products, and this goes for clothes, furniture, 
not to mention handicraft with the value of their imperfections.
Or do you think that sending a playlist by email is as romantic as 
giving a girl a cassette compiled at home track by track with its 
handmade cover? An HD playlist will potentially sound much better, but 
the other one carries a different emotional and temporal investment.
Besides, many young people nowadays do not have Cd players at home. 
Building a vinyl or cassette based system is the first step away from 
smartphones and the like with their de-evaluation of the music listening 
experience.
As a person interested in music that comes from less industrialized 
nations then USA, I could not do without cassette players because this 
has been the format of choice for decades for circulating music of 
regional or non-commercial nature and still much music is unissued in 
digital form (and when it is the transfers are very questionable, in 
many cases the original cassette or vinyl also sounds better!)
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On 11/11/2015 02:08, David Breneman wrote:
>> Von: Eric Cartier <[log in to unmask]>
>>   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.
>
> I don't mean to sound combative, but I cannot fathom why, with the
> availability of CD-R, anyone would want to go back to cassettes.
> Cassettes had two advantages: They were small, and they were easy
> to load.  You can argue about whether an LP or a CD sounds "better,"
> but I don't think anyone would argue that a cassette sounds better than
> either. I've got a really nice cassette deck, a Teac Z-6000, but I haven't
> *recorded* anything on it in almost ten years.
>
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