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- Created 2012-03-02
), also commonly called
, or simply
, is an obsolete
for audio recording and playback. Compact cassettes come in two forms, either already containing content as a pre-recorded cassette, or as fully recordable "blank" cassette. It was designed originally for
s, but improvements in
led the Compact Cassette to supplant the
tape recording in most non-professional applications. Its uses ranged from portable audio to home recording to data storage for early
s. Between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, the cassette was one of the two most common formats for prerecorded music, first alongside the
and later the
Compact Cassettes consist of two miniature spools, between which a magnetically coated plastic tape is passed and wound. These spools and their attendant parts are held inside a protective plastic shell. Two stereo pairs of tracks (four total) or two
tracks are available on the tape; one stereo pair or one monophonic track is played or recorded when the tape is moving in one direction and the second pair when moving in the other direction. This reversal is achieved either by manually flipping the cassette or by having the machine itself change the direction of tape movement ("auto-reverse").
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