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The cassette tape is enjoying a comeback

The cassette tape is enjoying a comeback

The cassette tape is enjoying a comeback

If you needed further proof that 2020 will go down as one of the strangest years in human history, look no further than the record charts.

The cassette tape — the antediluvian format that gave PTSD to an entire generation — is enjoying a comeback. And not just a comeback. Sales of cassettes more than doubled in the first six months to the end of June with 65,000 shifted in the UK alone.

This is quite distinct from the vinyl boom of the past decade. Vinyl is an all-ages trend, with fogeys as likely to splash out on a Guns ’n’ Roses or Radiohead LP as a Gen Zer is on the new Billie Eilish.