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How magnetic tape changed music consumption

August 17, 2015

It was an indispensible predecessor to the CD and MP3 and helped shaped the way we listen to music and record sound. It may be obsolete now, but the 80-year-old tape recorder was a milestone in recording history.

German singer Nicole with headphones and a tape deck in 1983, Copyright: Imago/teutopress
Image: Imago/teutopress

In August 1935, AEG launched the world's first tape recorder. The device revolutionized music and brought it closer to the public. For the first time, people could make their own high-quality recordings of both music and speech. Watch the video below for more:

80 Years of the Tape Recorder