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