Hitting Rewind on the Cassette Tape
Over the last couple of years, sales of vinyl records increased; the numbers aren’t huge, but they sparked a lot of public musing about the format’s qualities. Cassette sales, meanwhile, steadily dwindled to a mere 34,000 last year through the retail venues tracked by SoundScan. Considering this not long ago, I concluded that the romance associated with vinyl doesn’t apply to its longtime analog rival. I was wrong about that.
In each episode of the fascinating BBC
Radio 4 series “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum
, uses one item from that institution’s collection as a jumping-off point to discuss humanity’s long relationship with made things.