Is the Boombox About to Make a Comeback?

Honestly? Why would anyone want to resurrect this thing? From the Sacramento Bee:

Bust out that dusty old boombox and unearth the Walkman buried in the garage. Just when you thought vinyl records were the coolest old-school music format to collect, cassettes are making a comeback in the age of all-things digital.

That’s right, cassettes – those rectangle-shaped cases of recorded music that rekindle images of car stereos from the Reagan era. Cassettes are undergoing a kind of renaissance that’s driven both by nostalgia and the simple economics of their low price. While cassettes have long been embraced by punk bands and others with a “do it yourself” aesthetic, even major recording artists are once again going Walkman-friendly by releasing music on cassette.

Oh, shit. Does that mean that the resurrection of the hated cassette is picking up speed? Read on. (Via Tom)

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