Audio on Cassettes: Another one bites the dust
Posted by: Mary Burkey
Recorded Books no longer rents audiobooks on cassette – but they will continue to produce titles in that format for sale. I know, some of you youngsters might be wondering just what the heck a cassette IS – here’s a quick look at this somewhat archaic bit of audio technology. Others of you might be saying – What?? People still RENT physical versions of audiobooks in this high-tech world of instant downloads?? But the recent announcement from Recorded Books is a good reminder that plenty of patrons out there still prefer the old-school tape format (nothing better for saving your place!). And lots of people live in situations and locations that make acquiring CD players – let alone broadband access - impossible. The list of cassette providers continues to shrink – and Recorded Books offers this thought-provoking explanation why:
The materials necessary to produce this product are becoming less and less available, thus hampering our ability to service our cassette customers. If we continue to provide every title in cassette format, we will quickly run out of the materials and will have to end this product format in its entirety.