That’s a good thing, because soon it will be difficult to find a device to play cassette tapes.
Especially a portable one.
Sony has announced that in early 2013, it will stop production of the famous Sony Walkman.
They are still going to produce those 80’s era boom-boxes, with a cassette port available. So if you have an old box of cassettes, you probably can still find a product to play them. But not a Walkman. Those Walkman’s are soon to be history.
Personally this is a wake-up call for me. I have a box of cassette tapes that I used (decades ago) to record my children when they were small. Priceless recordings of alphabet recitations and silly little songs. Those cassettes are fragile. They unravel, they get stuck, and they disintegrate.
Maybe you have treasures on cassettes in your life, too. Even an old mix-tape can hold awesome memories.
End of an era.
And a timely reminder to start transferring these cassettes into digital recordings.
Sounds like a New Year’s Resolution, doesn’t it?