Today is 8-Track Tape Day, which is designed to bring back fond memories of the sixties and seventies. During this era, eight track tapes — based on a magnetic tape sound recording — were very popular.
America's love of the automobile, was a driving force in creating the demand for musical cassette formats. For those who grew up in this era, an 8-track tape player in your home and your car was an essential. It was eventually — and, thankfully, replaced by cassette and other formats for storing music. Let’s be honest: 8-tracks were pretty crappy. The tape broke easily, and sometimes songs would just stop as the cassette jumped to the next track before the tune continued.
I had an 8-track player. And I was happy when cassette tapes replaced 8-tracks, and ecstatic when CDs arrived. I still like me some CDs, but also buy a lot of music at iTunes.
But just about anything that followed was better than the 8-track.