Sales of cassette tapes have been increasing over the last few years, but does that really mean the era of the Walkman is set to make a return?
When you crunch the numbers, you might be surprised. Looking at figures from Forbes, cassette sales grew 74% in 2016 and another 35% in 2017. Last year, they were up an astounding 125%, says BPI.
That may look like a trend, but hang on…of the 50,000 units that moved last year, three artists made up 1/3 of those sales: The 1975, Kylie Minogue (remember the 80s version of “The Loco-Motion”?), and Prodigy.
Maybe calling tapes a dead format is too harsh, but it seems like they'll remain a novelty, or something for collectors to keep.
Which was your favorite format to listen to music…vinyl, cassette, 8-track, CD or??? Have you embraced the new? How about gone back to the old?