Why Cassettes Gave Way To CDs, Or Why Vinyl Rocks!

Aside from the fact that I seem to be subconsciously channelling Rocky and Bullwinkle with this post title, I have a rant to share.  Why is it that a nearly 50 year old LP can still be played to make a serviceable CD copy, but a cassette that is half that age, and has apparently been stowed away in a case, won’t play anymore?  My dad was cleaning out his garage and found a big box of cassettes, including his copy of the Singing Americans Live and Alive, which I had been after him to find for a while.  I took it home, stuck it in my tape deck connected to the PC, and tried to rip it down.  Yeah, that didn’t work.  Half the tape was so garbled you couldn’t make out anything intelligible.  However, my copy of the Blackwood Brothers Give Us This Day LP, which is quickly approaching 50 years old, ripped near perfectly, and with a little love and some basic filters applied, comes out nearly CD quality?  This is why I much prefer vinyl to cassettes.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

8 Responses to Why Cassettes Gave Way To CDs, Or Why Vinyl Rocks!

  1. Kyle says:

    I agree…vinyl always sounds better.

  2. Kyle says:

    By the way, vinyl is technically a SUPERIOR sound quality to CD’s, since it is a true analog waveform copy, whereas a CD is a digital copy made up of just pieces of the soundwave (granted, the pieces are so small that they are virtually undetectable).

  3. burkesbrainwork says:

    Kyle, very true, but it’s hard to remove pops and hisses directly from vinyl. 🙂

  4. I think it sounds better because, despite how much we think we have progressed technologically, they were smarter than we give them credit for 50 years ago!

  5. Well…I could explain why cassettes took over as the more popular format for a while before giving way to CDs, but I think you probably already know. :o)

  6. burkesbrainwork says:

    Those turntables just took up way too much room in the front of the car. And bumps were bad. Real bad. That’s where hip-hop originated. 🙂

  7. Plus jogging with a turntable only adds to the number of scratches on your vinyl collection.

  8. chad pruitt says:

    Well, my experince with transferring tapes to cds wasn’t that bad! It sounds like the tape you had had been damaged somehow. I had tapes that were twenty years old and they played fine. They only problem was that sometimes the “tape hiss” as it is called was sometimes louder than the music. And there was little if any bass response.

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