Cassette tapes to make a comeback, can hold about 65M songs. RIP iPod?

Does this mean the Rest In Peace phenomenon for iPods? How will you handle this?

cassette tapes comeback

Once upon a time, cassette tapes were holding a grand domination in the music storage industry.

The sales were high until the arrival of the digital optical discs or CDs. Then in 2007, the sales went down quite significantly.

According to Consequence of Sound (CoS), "In 1990 alone, a staggering 442 million tapes were sold."

"..sales dwindled, and by 2007 only a mere 274,000 individual cassettes were sold.", CoS continued.

However, Sony revealed over the weekend at the International Magnetics Conference in Dresden that it will be bringing back the tapes, and this time around, the capacity is increased to an elephantine 148 gigabytes per square inch. That's equal to 185 terabytes (TB) of total data.

185 TB is roughly 74 times the amount of data a regular tape can store.

The 185 TB compared (ExtremeTech)
It’s three Blu-rays’ worth of data per square inch. Or, a total of 3,700 Blu-rays on a single tape. That’s a stack of boxes that would be nearly 15 feet high.
A single tape holds five more TB than this hard drive storage array, which has to be custom-made and runs for $9,305.
A total of 64,750,000 songs. If the average song is, say, three minutes, that’s enough music to last you 134,896 days.
The entirety of the Library of Congress represents about 10 total TB. One tape can hold 18.5 versions of the Library of Congress.
So much for the hopes and perhaps, a critical decision time for you whether to toss your iPods into the trash bin or not.

Sony did not reveal any official release date for the said data tapes.

Sources: CoS, ExtremeTech

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