10 WIERD MUSIC FORMATS.

6 Wierd Music Formats.

From a DISCOGS article 16/9/2023. As the largest online database of recorded music, Discogs contains multitudes of information on artists, labels, and genres. It also includes more physical music formats than you could collect in a lifetime. Vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes continue to remain popular throughout the Discogs Community, but what about those formats that were just too strange or inconvenient to succeed? Below, you’ll find 10 of the weirdest music formats catalogued in the Discogs Database.

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Wire Recording

Year of invention: 1898 Known as the first format to feature magnetic recording technology, a wire recording is exactly what it sounds like. Recordings were captured and played back on a thin steel wire pulled rapidly across a recording head.

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Tefifon

Year of invention: 1936This German audio cartridge stands out from the pack as it features an endless loop of plastic tape. Although it was a precursor to 4-track and 8-track cartridges, the tape found in Tefifons includes embossed grooves like those found in vinyl.


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RCA Tape Cartridge

Year of invention: 1958The RCA Tape Cartridge offered reel-to-reel sound quality in a more convenient package. However, it wasn’t compact enough as it was quickly phased out to make room for the even more convenient compact cassette.


10 WIERD MUSIC FORMATS.

6 Weird Music Formats.

Printed from  a DISCOGS article 16/9/2023: As the largest online database of recorded music, Discogs contains multitudes of information on artists, labels, and genres. It also includes more physical music formats than you could collect in a lifetime. Vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes continue to remain popular throughout the Discogs Community, but what about those formats that were just too strange or inconvenient to succeed? Below, you’ll find 10 of the weirdest music formats catalogued in the Discogs Database.


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PlayTapes

Year of invention: 1966PlayTapes are 2-track cartridges that were developed to compete with 4-track cartridge technology. They started strong, but home and portable players for 4-tracks, 8-tracks, and cassettes quickly made PlayTapes a thing of the past.


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Mighty Tinys

Year of invention: 1967Mighty Tinys were another format that was marketed towards children. Each tiny record was made from a hard plastic material and played on what was billed as the world’s smallest record player.


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Pocket Rockers

Year of invention: 1988These stylish mini-tapes were developed by Fisher-Price for elementary school children. You could only play them with an equally stylish pocket rocker player, and kids had the option to clip their pocket rockers to their clothes to make a fashion statement in between listens.


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