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Title    America is Running Out of Cassette Tape
Date    Monday November 13, @06:51PM
Author    cmn32480
Topic   
from the what's-old-is-still-old-but-they-are-making-more dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/11/13/066218

MrPlow writes:

Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard

National Audio Co. is the only company in the U.S. that produces cassette tape. Now, as cassette tapes enjoy a resurgence in popularity, National Audio has less than a year's supply left of the stuff, The Wall Street Journal reports.

For the last 15 years, National Audio's co-owner and president Steve Stepp has been clinging to his company's dwindling supply of music-quality magnetic tape. In 2014, National Audio's South Korean supplier stopped making the material, so Stepp bought out their remaining stock before they shuttered — and has been left with a shrinking stockpile ever since.

Although the demand for tape has increased in recent years, the quality and supply has not; National Audio has long relied on outdated gear that Stepp jokes is "the finest equipment the 1960s has to offer." That's why the company — which makes cassettes for everyone from indie bands to Metallica — is planning to build the U.S.'s first high-grade tape manufacturing line in decades.

Crap! Where am I going to store my TRS-80 programs now?

Source: https://theweek.com/speedreads/735269/america-running-cassette-tape


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  1. "MrPlow" - https://soylentnews.org/~MrPlow/
  2. "The Wall Street Journal reports" - https://www.wsj.com/articles/cassettes-are-making-a-comeback-but-there-s-a-kink-nobody-makes-tape-1509723435?tesla=ymod=e2tw
  3. "has increased in recent years" - https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-cassette-tapes-are-making-a-comeback-1489080349
  4. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=23209

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