I stopped buying audio cassette tapes back in 2003. Music cds are still ridiculously priced in India (when will we ever catch up with the rest of the world?) and it was only by 2003 that I started dedicating my music collection solely to cds. What I would do before that was go with cds for my favourite artists and cassettes for the next level of artists that I liked. By 2005 I stopped listening to cassette tapes as I had gotten most of my favourite albums on cds and what sense did it make to pay your songs on a dumb tape anymore. By 2006 I no longer had a working cassette player/recorder and only listened to cds.
I didn’t have a computer from 2003 till September 2006 so once I got it, it was a long process of ripping all my cds into mp3 format and saving them on my computer hard drive and I also have a copy of the files on an external hard drive that I keep just for my music. I also have another copy of all my mp3s burned into writable cds. As of now my music collection is 51.5 GB worth ~~ fucking awesome ain’t it? I play them on my laptop and rock along with it or copy them onto my BlackBerry so I can listen to them on the go.
Today I decided to clean out part of this big steel almirah that I have in my bedroom. I have my cds & cassettes in it – after I rip the cds into mp3s I dumb them into this almirah. So the cassettes are just collecting dust – of which I am amazed there is a lot of – in the bottom section. By the way this is only part of what once used to be a much bigger collection. I have been collecting tapes from 1987 to 2003; you figure it out. And a lot of my tapes were once blank tapes that you could buy, like from TDK or Sony, and get copies of albums recorded on to them. But when we sold our house in 2006 and moved here, I only kept around half of it and sold the rest. I have been meaning to get rid of the ones I have left for a long time as they are of no use at all. This evening, I put on some tunes and cleared out the cassettes and collected them into two big garbage bags. They will be chucked out tomorrow to scrap.
So long tapes. You gave me years of pleasure!