Audio cassette

magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback

An audio cassette is a type of cassette which can store music and sounds. To play a tape, a cassette player or cassette recorder is used. Cassettes store the sound on a magnetic tape that is wound around the two reels in the cassette.

A standard audio cassette


The standard audio cassette was invented in 1962 by Lou Ottens of the Philips company.[1] They named it the "Compact Cassette". The first cassettes and cassette recorders were not very good. Over time, audio quality improved. During the 1970s, the cassette grew to be a popular physical audio format. Their popularity grew further during the following decades.

Decline in popularityEdit

As compact discs grew in popularity, cassettes were used less. In 2011, the Oxford English Dictionary attempted to remove the word "cassette tape" from a small version of its book.[2]


  1. "How Music Technology Evolved Over the Years?". SpeakStick. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. David Moye (22 October 2011). "Oxford Dictionary Removes 'Cassette Tape,' Gets Sound Lashing From Audiophiles". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 July 2013.