casette_50Remember the cassette? Perhaps you have heard about it? The cassette is celebrating its 50-year anniversary. 

You can read more about the cassette and how it managed to change the world, here.

In the meanwhile, here are some fun facts:

  • The Rolling Stones’ song “Satisfaction” (the band’s signature track) and Nirvana‘s Nevermind may never have been heard without Philips compact cassette technology.
  • The romance, impact and nostalgia of the compact cassette can be seen in many popular movies and books, including High Fidelity (both the book and film), Wayne’s World, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Clockwork Orange, Electrick Children and Say Anything.
  • The 1979 Iran revolution was fueled by the audio cassette tape. Recorded tapes of Ayatollah Khomeini’s sermons in Najaf were distributed through the underground, to undermine the brutal and secular regime of the Shah. 
  • In addition, The Cassette Scandal of 2000 was one of the main political events in Ukraine’s post-independence history. 

[Image courtesy: Philips]