Compact Cassette: what’s in the name?

  • tape cartridge
  • tape cassette
  • cassette tape
  • compact cassette
  • audio cassette
  • tape
  • cassette
RCA sound tape cartridge vs. Philips two-spool cartridge
First Philips cassette recorder (1963, Photo by Royal Philips)
Norelco Carry-Corder 150 (1965)
Norelco Tape Cartridge (U.S.) and Philips Demonstration Cartridge (U.K.)

This is your Norelco Carry Corder speaking … What size reel do I play, you ask? Well, that’s where I’ve got you. I don’t. I’m a cartridge player. Just pop in a cartridge, and I’m ready to go!

Norelco Carry Corder 150 package (1965)
Super 8 film cartridge
  • Cassette tape is thinner than reel-to-reel tape.
  • Cassette tape is more fragile than reel-to-reel tape.
  • Nagra SN is a cassette tape recorder. What? Well, yes, this particular Nagra reel-to-reel recorder is loaded with cassette tape because the original reel-to-reel 0.15-inch wide tape was not available. So, it is a machine that records on cassette tape, you may even call it a cassette tape recorder.
Nagra SN Micro playback test by Gregory Botha
Oldsmobile Complimentary Tape Cartridge (1983–1986)
Compact cassettes labeled as audio cassettes



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