Could these old cassette tapes be my cash in the attic?
Tim Dowling of theguardian.com writes that About 20 years ago I wrote an article about the demise of the cassette tape. It was, I dimly recall, a fond farewell to the format, even though, at bottom, I didn’t care. I figured humanity would cope. Even then I only really listened to cassettes in our old car, back when the millennials were still going crazy for The Wheels on the Bus and Other Songs.
Two decades later, for reasons not entirely apparent to me, the cassette is once again desirable. New and established bands have taken to releasing music on tape. From a base of basically zero, sales are way up: 129,000 pre-recorded tapes were sold in the US last year. To millennials, it seems, the cassette represents something between music and artefact.