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Compact Cassette

Compact Cassette
A TDK D-C60 cassette, a common speech-quality tape with a 60-minute playing time, in a housing similar to that of the original Compact Cassette specification
NameCompact Cassette
CaptionA TDK D-C60 cassette, a common speech-quality tape with a 60-minute playing time, in a housing similar to that of the original Compact Cassette specification
TypeMagnetic tape
EncodingAnalog signal
CapacityTypically 30 or 45 minutes of audio per side (C60 and C90 formats respectively); less common capacities included C15, C20, C30, C120 and C180. See below.
ReadTape head
WriteMagnetic recording head
UseAudio and data storage

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The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. Although designed originally for dictation, improvements in fidelity led the Compact Cassette to supplant the Stereo 8-track cartridge and reel-to-reel tape recording in most non-professional applications. Its uses ranged from portable audio to home recording to data storage for early microcomputers. Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music, first alongside the LP record and later the Compact Disc.

Compact Cassettes consist of two miniature spools, between which a magnetically coated plastic tape is passed and wound. These spools and their attendant parts are held inside a protective plastic shell. Two stereo pairs of tracks (four total) or two monaural analog audio tracks are available on the tape; one stereo pair or one monophonic track is played or recorded when the tape is moving in one direction and the second pair when moving in the other direction. This reversal is achieved either by manually flipping the cassette or by having the machine itself change the direction of tape movement ("auto-reverse").

Compact Cassette Video

History piece, the Digital Compact Cassette. Didn't take off however, but I purchased one back in '92 as I had a feeling it would become another technology flop alone with Beta etc. If anyone knows more about the format or has a player, post a comment/video!
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The Compact Cassette was a sound recording format saved to magnetic tape. Mooo-Theme: Mooo-Theme Music Cassette:
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This video is showing the AKAI CS-M01 compact cassette deck's VU Meter in action. Music: Mito - Droid
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Philips invented the world's first Compact Cassette Player/Recorder and presented it at the Berlin Radio Fair in August 1963. If you have not seen one then this may interest you. If you own one and it suddenly stopped working hang around and you may discover why!
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2011 marks the 120th anniversary of Philips. Founded in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Philips can now be found around the world. Philips is known for bringing meaningful innovations to people's lives. From the first X-ray tubes, the cassette tape, the VCR, the Compact Disc, all the way up to 3D ultrasound and beyond. Philips is celebrating improving the people's lives in meaningful ways and looking forward to improving their futures.
1.10 min. | 4.87 user rating
video featuring an mp3 player in a functional tape shape.
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A collection of advertisements for: -Thúy Nga Video 21 - Paris By Night 9 - Thúy Nga Cassette/Compact Disc - Nụ Hoa Nhá» - Thúy Nga Cassette 25 - Cho Em Quên Tuá»i Ngá»c - Thúy Nga Compact Disc 6 - NÆ°á»c Non Ngàn Dặm Ra Äi Copyright Thúy Nga Productions 1989/1990
4.05 min. | 5.0 user rating
Marantz DD-82 digital compact cassette deck (also available as DD-92 and as Philips DCC 900) in demo mode. Also available are service and factory mode.
0.72 min. | 2.71 user rating
High Quality Stereo Version: Wal*Mart grade to the max!
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Audio recording formats

AnalogPhonautogram (1857) * Phonograph cylinder (1877) * Gramophone record (1895) * Wire recording (1898) * Reel-to-reel tape (1940s) * SoundScriber (1945) * Gray Audograph (1945) * Dictabelt (1947) * LP record (1948) * 45 rpm record (1949) * RCA tape cartridge (1958) * Fidelipac (1959) * Stereo-Pak (1962) * Compact Cassette (1963) * 8-track (1964) * PlayTape (1966) * Mini Cassette (1967) * Microcassette (1969) * Steno-Cassette (1971) * Elcaset (1976) * Cassette single (1980) * Picocassette (1985) |
DigitalSoundstream (1976) * 3M (1979) * X80/ProDigi (1980) * DASH (1982) * Compact Disc (1982) * Digital Audio Tape (1987) * ADAT (1991) * MiniDisc (1991) * NT (1992) * Digital Compact Cassette (1992) * High Definition Compatible Digital (1995) * 5.1 Music Disc (1997) * Super Audio CD (1999) * DVD-Audio (2000) * USB flash drive (as audio format, 2004) * Hi-MD (2004) * SlotMusic (2008) |

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