LIFE AF­TER CAS­SETTES

Autocar - - Buying Guide -

When I drove a Mini into a tree in 1993, the im­pact put a small click into my mate’s AC/DC cas­sette. Shortly af­ter­wards, the CD took over the world. Af­ter that came the bril­liant idea – one that never took off with cas­settes – of the multi-disc CD player. You loaded up, say, six CDS, and went off play­ing just those on ro­ta­tion. In the mid-1990s, Per­for­mance Car mag­a­zine used to ask in­ter­vie­wees which six CDS they’d take for a trip

around Europe. And that was the thing: of­ten they were stored in the boot, re­sign­ing the ter­mi­nally lazy or for­get­ful to lis­ten­ing to the same six CDS for weeks, per­haps months, on end.

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