about tapedeck
Tapedeck.org is a project of neckcns.com, built to showcase the amazing beauty and (sometimes) weirdness found in the designs of the common audio tape cassette. There's an amazing range of designs, starting from the early 60's functional cassette designs, moving through the colourful playfulness of the 70's audio tapes to amazing shape variations during the 80's and 90's. We hope you enjoy these tapes as much as we do!

about audio tapes
The compact audio cassette medium for audio storage was introduced by Philips in 1963 under the name Compact Cassette. Although there were other magnetic tape cartridge systems at the time, the Compact Cassette became dominant as a result of Philips' decision (in the face of pressure from Sony) to license the format free of charge. It went on to become a popular (and re-recordable) alternative to the vinyl record deck during the 1970s. During the 1980s, its popularity grew further as a result of the Sony Walkman, with cassette sales overtaking those of LPs. (Vinyl overall remained ahead due to greater sales of singles, although cassette singles achieved popularity for a period in the 1990s).

The mass production of compact audio cassettes began in 1965 in Hannover, Germany, as did commercial sales of prerecorded music cassettes (also known as musicassettes; MC for short). The system had been initially designed for dictation and portable use, thus the audio quality of early recorders was not well suited for music. Some early models also had unreliable mechanical design. As time went on, various improvements (in particular, the introduction of Dolby noise reduction) resulted in the format being taken seriously for musical use.

Although its use in the West has declined as a result of more advanced technologies, it remains widespread, and is still the dominant medium for listening to music in many third world countries.

In essence, the audio cassette is simply a cassette-based (and smaller) version of the older reel-to-reel tape format. It consists of two miniature reels, between which an oxide-coated plastic tape, or magnetic tape, is passed and wound. These reels (along with some other mechanical parts) are held inside a protective plastic shell.

Four single audio tracks are available on the tape. These are paired to produce two stereophonic tracks – one played when the cassette is inserted with its 'A' side facing up, and the other when it is turned over (with the 'B' side up), thus mimicking gramophone records.

(Source: Wikipedia, right here. Wikipedia Copyright stipulations apply.)

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skc_lx60-1_071201 audio cassette tape

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siemens_c60_hifi audio cassette tape

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Reel-Cleer-Optics-I-60 audio cassette tape

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KLAUS_c90_111227 audio cassette tape

FUJI_CDFan1_111227 audio cassette tape

denon_dx_60_111227 audio cassette tape

BASF_C90_111227 audio cassette tape

AXIA_ps1_74_111227 audio cassette tape

UNION-1000-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

TELEFUNKEN-C60-1-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

SEIKO-C60_2-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

SAMSUNG-XM-H60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

STAR-PARTY-C30-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

UNIVERSUM-C90-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

UNIVERSUM-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

ROSS_C90_23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

PHILIPS-SUPER-QUALITY-C90-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

PHILIPS-STANDARD-QUALITY-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

PHILIPS-MOVING-SOUND-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

PHILIPS-FE-I-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

pdmagnetics_ferro_c_90_081001 audio cassette tape

MAXELL-UR-F-60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

MAGTAPE-C90-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

MAGTAPE-C60-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

jvc_af_i_90_081001 audio cassette tape

IMG_0230-23-04-2011 audio cassette tape

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Raks60_High_Dynamic audio cassette tape

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orwo_k60 audio cassette tape

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memorex_nb_90_071201 audio cassette tape

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maxell_ln60_071201 audio cassette tape

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fuji_fx-i_90_080417 audio cassette tape

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fuji_dr_i_60_080417 audio cassette tape

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fuji_dr_90_071201 audio cassette tape

denon_spankingnew_i_60 audio cassette tape

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coronet_ln_c90_071201 audio cassette tape

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bush_fe90_080417 audio cassette tape

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BASF_LH_extra_I_90_071201 audio cassette tape

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tapedeck.org responsive layout

after changing the ad layout (which only supports the site and does NOT make me rich, by the way) on tapedeck to inline, tape-sized ads i was finally able to make tapedeck even more responsive: sizing your browser now gives you 1, 3, 4, 5 or 6 columns of tapes, depending on the space available. go ahead and try it! a few pics are on facebook

Isolating Tapes 101

[photo album] http://on.fb.me/MX2BHS — isolating this denon tape was a real piece of work. Still, properly isolated tapes make better tees! Remember that. New Stuff coming soon to Tapewear!

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