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Audio cassettes: despite being 'a bit rubbish', sales have doubled during the pandemic – here's why

By Iain Taylor, Lecturer in Music Industries, Birmingham City University
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Described by some as “Europe’s biggest tech show”, the Berlin Radio Show has long been famous for exhibiting the next big thing in consumer electronics. In 1963, that was the compact audio cassette, introduced at the time by its creator, the late Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, who died in early March.

Over the course of Ottens’ lifetime, cassette tapes came to…

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