“Electronics retailer Currys says it will no longer stock cassette tapes, and cassette equipment is also scheduled to vanish in the next 18 months”
“The tape was born in 1963 when Philips launched the format which went on to gain popularity in the 1970s and 80s. The Thatcher years saw the biggest boom in cassette buying as portable tape players, led by Sony’s Walkman, allowed music fans to listen to music on the go.
In 1989, at the height of sales of pre-recorded music cassettes, 83 million such tapes were bought by UK shoppers, while 1990 saw 95 million blank tapes shifted.
Three years later, however, its star began to fade with the launch of the CD and in 1993 the shiny disks were outselling analogue tapes. This year, Currys expects to sell less than one million blank tapes and envisages sales of music tapes will be “negligible”.”