Cassette tape

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The Compact Cassette or Musicassette (MC), also commonly called the cassette tape or simply tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback.wikipedia
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Philips

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It was developed by Philips in Hasselt, Belgium, and introduced in September 1963.
The company started making electric shavers in 1939 under the Philishave brand, and post-war they developed the Compact Cassette format and co-developed the Compact Disc format with Sony, as well as numerous other technologies.

Reel-to-reel audio tape recording

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The compact cassette technology was originally designed for dictation machines, but 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.
Reel-to-reel audio tape recording, also called open-reel recording, is the form of magnetic tape audio recording in which the recording medium is held on a reel that is not in a cassette.

DC-International

Grundig came up with the DC-International derived from blue prints of the Compact Cassette in 1965, but failed on the demand of distributing companies.
Since DC-International did not compete effectively against the similar Compact Cassette, it was discontinued in 1967.

Compact disc

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Between the early 1970s and continuing through the 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music, first alongside the LP record and later the compact disc (CD). During the early 1980s some record labels sought to solve this problem by introducing new, larger packages for cassettes which would allow them to be displayed alongside vinyl records and compact discs, or giving them a further market advantage over vinyl by adding bonus tracks.
Philips coined the term compact disc in line with another audio product, the Compact Cassette, and contributed the general manufacturing process, based on video LaserDisc technology.

Boombox

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Stereo tape decks and boom boxes became some of the most highly sought-after consumer products of both decades.
A boombox is a device typically capable of receiving radio stations and playing recorded music (usually cassettes or CDs usually at a high volume).

Cassette single

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Total vinyl record sales remained higher well into the 1980s due to greater sales of singles, although cassette singles achieved popularity for a period in the 1990s.
A cassette single (CS, also known by the trademark "Cassingle" or capitalized as the trademark "Cassette Single") is a music single in the form of a Compact Cassette.

Album

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During the early 1980s some record labels sought to solve this problem by introducing new, larger packages for cassettes which would allow them to be displayed alongside vinyl records and compact discs, or giving them a further market advantage over vinyl by adding bonus tracks.
The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Dictation machine

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The compact cassette technology was originally designed for dictation machines, but 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.
While reel-to-reel tape was used for dictation, the inconvenience of threading tape spools led to development of more convenient formats, notably the Compact Cassette, Mini-Cassette, and Microcassette.

LP record

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Between the early 1970s and continuing through the 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music, first alongside the LP record and later the compact disc (CD).
Although the popularity of LPs began to decline in the late 1970s with the advent of Compact Cassettes, and later compact discs, the LP survives as a format to the present day.

Audiobook

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Audiobooks, church services, and other spoken word material are still frequently sold on cassette, as lower fidelity generally is not a drawback for such content, and some people prefer the convenience of the tape controls for rewinding to repeat a missed passage.
Many spoken word albums were made prior to the age of cassette tapes, compact discs, and downloadable audio, often of poetry and plays rather than books.

Single-hole cassette

WIRAG, the Vienna division of Philips also developed a cartridge, described as single-hole cassette, adapted from its German described name Einloch-Kassette.
Tape and tape speed were identical to the Compact Cassette.

Microcomputer

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Its uses ranged from portable audio to home recording to data storage for early microcomputers.

RCA tape cartridge

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In 1958, following four years of development, RCA Victor introduced the stereo, quarter-inch, reversible, reel-to-reel RCA tape cartridge.
The same design concept would later be used in the more successful Compact Cassette, introduced by Philips in 1962.

Magnetic tape

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The Compact Cassette or Musicassette (MC), also commonly called the cassette tape or simply tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback.
A wide variety of audio tape recorders and formats have been developed since, most significantly reel-to-reel and Compact Cassette.

Sony

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However, Philips' Compact Cassette became dominant as a result of Sony pressuring Philips to license the format to them free of charge.
In 1979, the Walkman brand was introduced, in the form of the world's first portable music player using the compact cassette format.

Elcaset

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Later the similar Elcaset also failed in the market.
In 1976, it was widely felt that the compact cassette was never likely to be capable of the same levels of performance that was available from reel-to-reel systems, yet clearly the cassette had advantages in terms of convenience.

Microcassette

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While digital voice recorders are now common, microcassette recorders may be cheaper and of sufficient quality to serve as adjuncts or substitutes for note taking in business and educational settings.
It uses the same width of magnetic tape as the Compact Cassette but in a much smaller container.

Phonograph record

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Total vinyl record sales remained higher well into the 1980s due to greater sales of singles, although cassette singles achieved popularity for a period in the 1990s. The Compact Cassette went on to become a popular (and re-recordable) alternative to the 12-inch vinyl LP during the late 1970s.
Vinyl records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed.

Mercury Records

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The Mercury Record Company, a US affiliate of Philips, introduced M.C. to the US in July 1966.
In July 1967, Mercury Records became the first U.S. record label to release cassette music tapes (Musicassettes).

Cassette deck

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These allow later cassette decks to detect the tape type automatically and select the proper bias and equalization.
A cassette deck is a type of tape machine for playing and recording audio cassettes.

High fidelity

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The compact cassette technology was originally designed for dictation machines, but 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.
Integrated, mini, or lifestyle systems (also known by the older terms music centre or midi system ) contain one or more sources such as a CD player, a tuner, or a cassette deck together with a preamplifier and a power amplifier in one box.

Teddy Ruxpin

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An exception to this standard were mechanical storytelling dolls from the 1980s (e.g. Teddy Ruxpin) which used the Type IV metal configuration cassette shell but had normal Type I voice grade tape inside.
The creature's mouth and eyes move while "reading" stories played on an audio tape cassette deck built into its back.

Portastudio

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As late as 2010, Thomann still offered C10, C20, C30 and C40 IEC Type II tape cassettes for use with 4- and 8-track portastudios.
The TASCAM Portastudio was the world's first four-track recorder based on a standard compact audio cassette tape.

Home computer

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Other lengths are (or were) also available from some vendors, including C10 and C15 (useful for saving data from early home computers and in telephone answering machines), C30, C40, C50, C54, C64, C70, C74, C80, C84, C100, C105, and C110.
Ports for plug-in peripheral devices such as a video display, cassette tape recorders, joysticks, and (later) disk drives were either built-in or available on expansion cards.

Monaural

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Two stereo pairs of tracks (four total) or two monaural 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.
An example of an application where both merged stereo and mirror mono apply is when a compact audio cassette respectively plays back "summed" stereo channels on a mono reading head, and when a compact cassette recorded with mono sound is played back with a stereo tape head.