Audio media has gone through some major changes over the last 15 years. Everybody knows how great CDs are — fabulous sound quality, minimal storage space, long lasting (if you take even reasonable care of them).
But when it comes to audiobooks, many people actually prefer to take a technological step backwards to the technology that ruled the world after eight-tracks and LPs — audio cassettes! (C’mon, I KNOW you remember those 🙂
I’m not sure anyone ever tried an audiobook on eight-track tape, and there may have been a few on LP, but they were certainly not a raging success. But when cassettes came into the picture, audio “books on tape” really started to take off. And that’s been the prevailing format for audio books until very recently.
Now you can find many more audiobook titles coming out in today’s media format champion: CDs. But there are a lot of people who still prefer good old audio cassettes to CDs. This is especially true when we’re talking about listening to audiobooks. I happen to be one of those people. Let me explain why.
First of all, audiobooks in CD format can’t hold any more than 75 minutes of content. On the other hand, cassettes can hold 90 minutes or more of narration. With cassettes, you’re probably going to need two or three to hold a good sized audiobook. But you probably need many more CDs to hold that same audiobook.
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