I am old enough to remember riding in my family's Electra 225 ("duece and a quarter") with a small cropped afro, sliding across the vinyl on every turn, listening to the Commodores, on our in-dash 8 track player. You think CDs are difficult to manage, imagine putting a good portion of your music collection of 8-tracks above the sun visor.
I can remember begging my mother for my very own Dynamite 8 portable 8-track player. 45s and albums weren't the best medium for playing on the go. So try to imagine the excitement of an 8-track boom box. Multiply that by 100 to the level of ecstatic when Sony released the Walkman. Whoa, that was a must have gadget!! A portable cassette player. Small for the day. Yes a very long time ago. And, yes I was very, very, (very) young. As a teen dj, I bitterly stood on the sidelines and watched the CD replace vinyl LPs. Now we witness the death of the cassette. What am I going to do with all of my cassettes? Wait, do I even have a working cassette player? Where are those cassettes?
New York Times recently publsihed an an article, Say So Long to an Old Companion: Cassette Tapes celebrating the life of cassettes. The article mentioned the decline of the CD as well. History is our best teacher, so for some of you, your memories the of the cassette will be as quaint as mine with the 8 track, enjoying an afternoon drive with your parents listening to the best music on cassette. You too will be hanging on to all of those CDs recollecting the fond memories of, "I remember playing this when..". Some of you maybe will even affect the next change in audio technology.
Let us pause for a moment of silence while we remember our fondest memories with the cassette and say goodbye. Pretty soon they will but a memory in the library and just as nostalgic as the 8-track.
Have you have ever purchased a casette tape? How many of you still purchase CDs?