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What a 10 Hour Music playlist looked like in 1992

In some ways 1992 doesn't feel all that long ago to me, but then in others it's a lifetime away. This is aptly demonstrated by the subject of this video. The Sony TC-C521 still feels like a cool piece of tech, interesting to watch, it looks smart and sounds great. The much maligned tape cassettes, to me still sound as good as I need my music to sound. I'm just as happy listening to a cassette as I am a lossless recording - for me it's the quality of the arrangement that counts rather than the medium it's on.

Where the march of progress is most notable though, is how we now take for granted the ease at which we can gather together individual music tracks and move them between different playback devices. As I mentioned in the video, I recently copied 15 hours of my favourite music onto my smartwatch, just for the heck of it. It would have taken me just a few more seconds to copy the same tracks to my smartphone or a portable music player. The most difficult and time consuming part of making a digital music playlist is selecting the tracks, things were a lot different in the analogue days as can be seen in the video below.


When putting this video together I came to the realisation that the art of playlist creation may soon become a thing of the past. The move from locally stored MP3s to streamed music means that the curation is now being done by someone else. Ready-made playlists of music that you should like are now offered up and are just a finger tap away.

Time marches on and inevitably hard drives full of MP3s will soon look as passé as a carousel of cassette tapes.

If you are interested in Cassette changers here's some other models I've found.The 1990 Pioneer 6 cassette changers, CT-M5R & CT-M6R, the 1980s Sony 10 cassette MTL-10, the 1970s 20 Cassette Panasonic RS296 and Philips N2401 6 cassette player.  Information on these and others can be found here.

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Reader Comments (10)

Thanks for showing, I had never seen this device and thought I had seen (or owned) most audio equipment from the late 80's into the mid 90's. Looking forward to perhaps an upcoming review of the potato too!

December 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

The potato has since been broken down for its chips.

December 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Wow, and there was me thinking I was flash with my Technics twin tape deck in1989.
Spudvision never took off then?

December 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

Happy new year.

Thanks once more for the review, and for the crazy ending (once more).

Best regards.

P.S. Sorry for no being one of those crazy youtube commenters. This words are all I can squeeze out of my potato brain.

January 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Fascinating to watch, thanks for showing the video. I've got over 50 cassettes, would dearly love to listen to them again, do you have reviews of cassette players lined up - if they have a USB port it would be even better!

January 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmileyman

They'll always be more to do...but did you see this post?

January 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

You learn something new everyday, another first rate review/insight into the past and very interesting to say the least, thanks for sharing.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

Hi Mat,

Another fascinating review of a machine that I didn't even know existed during that time. I still have my Sony 5 CD disc changer, which still works great, although I hardly use it these days.

Great nostalgia though - love it.

Thanks for listening


January 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Love the last part of the video! Lol! :-)

Thank you for making great videos!

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPer Arne

Hi Mat,

As someone who grew up with 80's music and more importantly 80's tech I had my fair share of cassette decks, but I have never seen a machine like your Sony it's wonderful. Sony were at their peak at that time they made some obscure but very high quality kit in the 80's that other manufacturers wouldn't dare.

Watching your video brought it all back...the relentless searching for good sounding tapes ( That's VX Chrome ) was my favourite as they had a high tolerance and fantastic resolution which produced superb recordings...ah the old days.

I look forward to your next instalment.

Great video.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

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