Hey look what I just found. It's still shrinkwrapped. Looks like early 80's

@qwazix I was never a fan of the 240s, they seemed to break too often. Give me a 180 any day! (Oh, and a machine to use it with..!)

@mindshoot while I'm old enough to have known about VHS we didn't have a tape recorder at home when I was a kid so 🤷‍♂️

@qwazix we took a while too, not sure it was worth the wait; I'm sure videos got scrunched even more than cassettes! Watched an old wedding video the other month, ended up needing to take the player to pieces to extricate the chewed up tape :-/

@mindshoot
You're right about the 180s they were much more robust than 240s. Before I got a CD multiplayer I used a VCR to play background music in a restaurant. My 180 tapes never let me down once. Three hours continuous music.

What really ruined tapes was people manually doing play-rewind-play-rewind. When getting rental tapes of action movies you'd often find the good bits would be scrunched for this reason.

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@fitheach using them for music is a good idea; even with an auto-reversing cassette deck you're still only looking at 90 minutes before having to faff around and change tapes. Music streaming, for me, is one of the real innovations of our current age! @qwazix

@mindshoot
The VCR would automatically rewind once it got to the end of the tape, so it was ready for the next use. I had the tapes numbered, so they could be played in sequence

I operated that system for a couple of years until I got a 5 disc CD autochanger. That saved me having to make the tapes. Ach, the old days...

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@fitheach @mindshoot I still have a vcr, I wonder if I can dig it up and put it to good use.

* goes to check if anybody made a computer backup system on vhs tapes

@qwazix
> goes to check if anybody made a computer backup system on vhs tapes

It's tape, Jim, but not as we know it.

Hmmm, not sure I'd want to rely on VHS tape for backups, even the "reliable" 180s.

@mindshoot

@qwazix
I remember playing in an orchestra in the mid-late 80s and making a "proper" recording, and it going to what I think was 16 bit 44.1Khz audio encoded onto basically a video tape. Digital, if not video...

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@qwazix holy crap it is on Spotify! I still have nightmares about the flute parts, but love the music.

open.spotify.com/album/2049c90

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@mindshoot
Firebird

Excuse my ignorance, I've never used Spotify before. I'm only getting 30 seconds of each movement. Presumably, because I'm not a subscriber or not logged-in. Is that right?

Otherwise I was enjoying it.

@qwazix

@fitheach

That could well be right. I believe they do free accounts, where you can hear it all but not skip tracks and with some adverts. 30 seconds might be what they do without any account.

Generally, I have to say I love Spotify, they have a really good choice of music and family plans are pretty good value. I feel much better using that than I did back in the days of music sharing!

@qwazix

@mindshoot
I love my music, can't be bothered with streaming services. Each to their own. 😃

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@fitheach

I can understand that! I've been finding some good stuff recently on Bandcamp that isn't on the streaming services, so definitely worth throwing the net wide. The most interesting creations seem to be at the fringes ... hence this place!

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@mindshoot
I really should explore Bandcamp. I see lots of folk on the Fediverse linking to music on Bandcamp.

Sad to say I do link to stuff on YT quite often. Usually because it isn't available elsewhere.

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