[Dixielandjazz] CD vs. audio casettes
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W1AB at aol.com
Sat Jun 19 07:33:31 PDT 2010
In a message dated 6/19/2010 7:22:39 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
pj.ladd at btinternet.com writes:
It is impossible to jog forward or back a few bars on a CD while it was a
piece of cake on tape.
Pat, to jog back a small amount, firmly press and HOLD DOWN the <<
button. A little practice will help you learn how long to hold it down
to go back a given amount.
(If you press and quickly release the << button, it will jump back
to the start of the track you're listening to.)
You can go forward small amount in a similar fashion by pressing and
holding down the >> button.
With all due respect, I think you would get good results with CDs and
their players if you read the directions that came with the player and
learn how to use all of the machine's features.
As to compilation CDs: While I usually make mine on my computer
(which is SO easy), I also have a CD recorder in my stereo system. Making
compilation CDs with the CD recorder is also extremely easy.
Some other bad features of cassettes: (1) The noise floor is fairly
high. (2) Tapes physically deteriorate with age, and the music on old
cassettes often becomes unplayable. (3) Older cassettes can lose their
lubrication, so the hubs may bind and the music not play correctly. (4) The
lubricant built into the tape's surface will also deteriorate with age. When
this happens, the tape, instead of moving smoothly, moves very small
incremental amounts, then stops, then starts again, etc. The result is a squeal on
top of the music. (5) Who has NOT suffered their favorite tape being wound
around the capstan and being mangled?
An interesting historical note about audio tape cassettes.... We are
accustomed to competing systems in home entertainment media (cut-throat
competition, at that), rather than standardization on one system. The Dutch
company Phillips developed the audio tape cassette. Instead of holding it
close to their chest, they offered licensing terms to all other
manufacturers that were extremely inexpensive. Therefore, everyone else bought
licenses from Phillips, rather than spend money on developing their own type of
cassette. It makes the consumer annoyances of the other competitive systems
that have followed seem pretty silly.
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