Over the past several years, major waves of vinyl lovers and CD collectors have taken the stage in music stores all over the world. Bands have started releasing limited edition vinyl presses and some of the most exciting, “big ticket” items at shows have been copies of artists work pressed onto beautiful pieces that we can throw into our old CD players, and (ironically) new turntables. However, one of the biggest items of 2017 that a lot of people may not know about, is the return of the cassette tape.
In the 2017 post made by Bandcamp on the Stats of the Year, it became very clear how big of an influence tapes are beginning to have on our personal music libraries again. A record 17,872 tapes were released in 2017. That’s roughly 50 tapes every 30 minutes, every day of the year. In total on top of that, Bandcamp artists sold approximately 22.6 years of cassette based audio overall bringing out all our Walkmans to hear as the time goes on.
The influence that this revolution of physical music is having on all of us now is more important than one may notice. With talk of print media going out of style and talk of this being the year that ends even the download of music, personal collections will be one of the few things that can connect us to where we’ve been and how we’ve grown. Though it may be seemingly embarrassing to go through and see the remnants of our middle school collections, it is a part of what has made us into the people we are today.
The importance of the collection is one that extends beyond the bounds of time and should be protected. Not only are you supporting the artist with your collection, but when all else fails, it’s there for us. No feuds, or bad feelings, just the history of who we’ve been.
So, whether you’re an aged professional, or just starting out, it’s worth it to consider making 2018 the year your collection grows with you. Pull out your old iPods, Zunes, or CD players and make the music yours again.