On March 6, Lou Ottens died in Duizel in the Netherlands. He was 94. I don't think I had ever heard of Ottens before, but the news of his death quickly filled my social media feeds. Ottens, you see, invented the compact cassette in the 1960s.
Last year, cassette sales hit their highest mark since 2003. Some old, hard to find tapes sell for crazy prices. Blank tapes still sell well. There are cassette-only record labels. There are even podcast episodes out on tape.
This hour, a look at the long past and surprising present of the cassette tape.
- Joe Carlough - Runs This And That Tapes
- Lory Gil - A writer in the tech industry
- Sommer McCoy - Founder of The Mixtape Museum
- Zack Taylor - Director of Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape
Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.