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R.I.P. iPod: Sony unveils cassette tape that can hold 64,750,000 songs

on May 05, 2014, 9:45am

For a time, the cassette tape absolutely dominated the sales market. In 1990 alone, a staggering 442 million tapes were sold. However, with the rise of the CD, the birth of the mp3, and the eventual resurrection of vinyl, sales dwindled, and by 2007 only a mere 274,000 individual cassettes were sold. Sure, cassette-centric labels like Kissability and Mirror Universe Tapes have offered the cassette a new and niche following, but it’s a clear sign of the times when the cassette’s accompanying Walkman is regarded like some alien artifact.

Now, though, Sony has brought the cassette back from the dead by unveiling a tape that can hold a whopping 148 gigabytes per square inch. If you can’t do the math, that’s 185 terabytes of total data. We’ll wait as you toss your iPod into the trash.

The tape, which was unveiled this weekend at the International Magnetics Conference in Dresden, holds approximately 74 times the amount of data of standard tapes. (For comparison, by 2010, most standard tapes could only store about 29.5 GB per square inch.)

Divine influence or magic aside, how exactly did Sony manage to boost the potential of the 50-plus-year-old magnetic tape technology? According to Gizmodo:

“The tape uses a vacuum-forming technique called sputter deposition to create a layer of magnetic crystals by shooting argon ions at a polymer film substrate. The crystals, measuring just 7.7 nanometers on average, pack together more densely than any other previous method.”

As ITWorld explains, “By tweaking the sputter conditions and developing a soft magnetic underlayer on the film, the manufacturer was able to create a layer of fine magnetic particles with an average size of 7.7 nanometers.”

So, just how much data can a tape with 185 TB capacity actually hold? Here’s a few handy comparisons (via ExtremeTech):

– It’s three Blu-rays’ worth of data per square inch. Or, a total of 3,700 Blu-rays on a single tape. That’s a stack of boxes that would be nearly 15 feet high.

– A single tape holds five more TB than this hard drive storage array, which has to be custom-made and runs for $9,305.

– A total of 64,750,000 songs. If the average song is, say, three minutes, that’s enough music to last you 134,896 days.

– The entirety of the Library of Congress represents about 10 total TB. One tape can hold 18.5 versions of the Library of Congress.

The tape will be available for commercial sale, but no word yet on a release date. However, as Gizmodo points out, the super tape was originally developed for “long-term, industrial-sized data backup” and not necessarily for music, game, and video storage and playback.

Below, watch a video on the history of cassette tapes:

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want a boyfriend
May 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

I every time emailed this web site post page to all my contacts, for
the reason that if like to read it next my friends will too.

Alexis
May 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

Wow your miserable with your useless info. Hopefully you get some dick Samantha

Justin
May 6, 2014 at 8:21 am

In any event that any of you decide to throw your iPods away, kindly throw it this way please.

JCV
May 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

i wanna see all of you rewinding back millions of tracks.. or even worse, recording them in the first place.. cuz remember.. tapes only record in real time.. no fancy mp3 files!! :)

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

ABC turbo does the trick ;o)

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

ABC Turbo, is the way to do it….

Fah Q
May 6, 2014 at 3:45 am

Did anyone else notice this stupid cunt nugget claiming she runs some huge facility with high importance but she didn’t even know read/write times were not slow? You’re full of shit bitch. Did I meet your level of rhetoric?

Eric Oehler
May 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

Nice namecalling there. Classy!

To the layman, read/write times ARE slow, because you have to factor seek in. I just assumed she was dumbing it down for the laymen who think this is for their walkman.

Samantha
May 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

You would be correct, Eric. I was referring to the overall slow access times for files from the starting point, as compared to storage media the modern consumer is familiar with, such as harddrives, and more commonly these days, SSDs.
Thank you for reading what I typed instead of blindly assuming I must be angry and ill informed due to my being a woman :P
To be frank, I’m fairly certain I could whip anyone in this thread casting doubts upon my knowledge, but that gets us nowhere and is pointless. The sort of thing 14 year olds fight over. “I’m smarter than you NUH UH”.
To those of you nitpicking at my language, you’re right, I could have phrased it in a less….”hurtful” way.
The fact that that matters to you, and not the informational content of my rant, shows you really need to get your priorities checked, and maybe excuse yourself from the internet. Not everyone is filled with happiness and snuggles for you.

Jeff
May 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I didnt even read whatever this is in response to, but I love this post.

Izzy
May 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

Eric, do you really think a woman spilling her rage over people dumbing things down for laymen would dumb things down for laymen in that rant?

Jhonny Ausemkock
May 6, 2014 at 2:50 am

Cool! I can finally fit my whole backup on one tape. Well, someday soon I hope.

$0.2
May 6, 2014 at 1:45 am

I think that the people who are making a big deal over the focus of the article are missing the point. Who’s to say that the author knows nothing of the inherent worth of cassettes as storage devices? This is, at it’s core, a scientific article tailored to the interests of the mainstream. As another comment kindly pointed out, listening to that many songs, assuming an average of 3 minutes, would take 3.6 lifetimes. I’d like to give the writer the benefit of the doubt by assuming that in doing the calculations to figure out these helpful statistics, he didn’t truly believe that listening to all of that music would be a possibility on a cassette tape, much less a practical endeavor. It could be plausibly argued that the scope of his focus is limited, but that’s to be expected on an article posted on a music website. Were it that his job was to cater to other interests, he would likely write about the actual pragmatic functions of this new technology. Alas, for now we are left with nothing but whimsical ruminations on the practical applications of such a cassette tape, as it applies to the common person. The author simplified this technology because he wanted to express, in a manner easy to comprehend, the capabilities of this advancement. He was not wrong in doing so. It is theoretically interesting and thought provoking. I, for one, thank him for educating me on the progress that we are making toward bigger and better things.

$0.2
May 6, 2014 at 1:46 am

Sorry guys, *$0.02

conelrad
May 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

don’t buy it — wait until they come out with the 8-track version.

Bryan
May 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

But how do I plug in my AUX cord?! :/

Josh
May 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm

This makes me wonder why I spend time worrying about drive mirroring and don’t just get a tape drive.

JUST
May 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I just bought one and now I don’t need my iPod. :-) really high def…

ginger-j
May 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

“A total of 64,750,000 songs. If the average song is, say, three minutes, that’s enough music to last you 134,896 days.”

If you live to be 100 years old, thats only 36,525 days, assuming you listen 24 hours per day… 3.69 lifetimes of music. Without a repeat.

Ian
May 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I don’t particularly know or care about any of this, but thank you guys for giving me a strange and informative voyeuristic glimpse into the entire spectrum of nerd inter-personal communication. The comments here should truly be published somewhere. From knowledge-boasting to insults and even flirtation, this comments thread truly has it all. You guys rock!

Ian
May 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Published somewhere more visible to the masses than here, I mean. :)

John
May 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

I am so pissed off. this is bullshit. i cant express my outrage. help me Samantha

kylewdwyer
May 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Misinformation aside, why would we ever want this. I don’t care how retro something like this is, you could not pay me to rewind and fast-forward through that many songs. Please explain to me how you would know where to skip to…would you have a long readout of titles and their approximate location on the tape? Yeah, that’s convenient…all for the nostalgia right? There is something to be said about efficiency and simplicity; and besides, this is all a misrepresentation of the technology that is being spoken of anyway.

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

It’s not to play songs. It’s for memory storage. It’s to save stuff when you begin running out of space (which is always a problem). And it’s a small cassette for a HUGE amount of storage.

Louis Richard
June 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

So… instead of killing off I-Pods, Sony plans on killing off flash drives? O_O Wicked plot twist right there.

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

“misinformation aside,” as the poster mentioned.

Diverdave
May 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Good luck trying to find your favorite song

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Is it just me or is Samantha giving anyone else a weird boner?

Word Says
May 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

Word up!!

WONDER WORD SAYS
June 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Word down…

Louis Richard
June 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Don’t worry; whoever this Samantha chick is, she’s only a product of everyone’s imagination. Don’t tell me you forgot we’re still trapped in the Matrix…

Samantha
June 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Oh no! You got me! I’m secretly a sentient AI programmed to give everyone weird boners and start arguments on tech discussions!

pranav109
May 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Reblogged this on neohut and commented:
Whoa.
3700 Blu-Rays. DAYUM.

Bin Ary
May 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Well Samantha, that perfectly explains your attitude. Your a UNIX admin. Effin linux, Unix, apple twits seem to think they have the world in their hands as the world passes them by. I am an IT Manager. I fired all the id10ts with your attitude as soon as I walked ion the door. I do not know why there is such a chip on your shoulders towards people or life, but I suggest you fix it before you crash. ID10T

Samantha
May 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Cute “l33t” speak.
Any Admin worth their salt knows UNIX (specifically the BSDs) are the way to go when it comes to stability, and security.
You obviously don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.
IT Manager? I’m sure you do a great job of fucking everything up and then blaming it on your techs.
None of you fuckers ever understood what was actually going on, and I had to get used to cleaning up messes.
Stop playing at techie, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Justin
May 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I love you Samantha

Riot Nrrrd™
May 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

So in other words BIN ARY, “IT manager” means you buy all of Microsoft’s $hitty products instead? Yeah, have fun with those … hope you have a Microsoft Consultant on-site, you’ll need it.

Mark
May 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

So a SINGLE one of these tapes is…NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS? Yeah, no thanks. lol

freemars
May 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I’m sorry you can’t read. It says, “A single tape holds FIVE MORE TB THAN this hard drive storage array, which has to be custom-made and runs for $9,305.”

Duran Goodyear (@alphex)
May 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Uh… uhhhh… I think you’re completely missing the point.

Alan Longenberger
May 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

How long will it take to FF & REW to them?

BK R
May 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Reblogged this on Roedeo Productions and commented:
It Ain’t Over ‘Til Its Over, Pt. 1: The Cassette Comeback….

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Samantha you need a day off daring.

Chuck
May 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Pig.

francium
May 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

There is an L in darling. If you’re going to be a misogynist at least spell right. Spelling errors really kill your credibility.

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 1:22 am

@Francium –

Are you kidding? How is this misogyny? Obviously the poster was implying that Samantha’s post indicates that she was needlessly stressed over a trivial article. No need to make every comment a battle of the sexes. And if you do choose to use this as the final stage of the cause for gender equality, find better reasons to attack someone that for typing carelessly and leaving one letter out. The poster was anonymous, meaning that she could be every bit a woman, or a man strongly for the cause of feminism. It’s careless name calling like this which give feminism a negative connotation.

dave
May 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

I’d be honored if she’d spend that day off with me. I like her spunk and her passion for tech :)

Jhonny Ausemkock
May 6, 2014 at 3:01 am

Wait a minute. How do we know “ANONYMOUS” isn’t another woman? Women call each other “darling” and stuff all the time. I think you’re just looking for men to be angry with. There are some pretty serious offenders around here. Why not concentrate on them?

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Stopped reading when I got to “Terrabytes”

[ CHAD ALVA ] (@ChadAlvaXXX)
May 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

ok, but, do we have to fast forward for 1302059102940129401 hours to access a specific song???

Capt Ahole
May 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Tape’s not dead! http://searchDataBackup.com/r/0,,85444,00.htm?Tape Dead or Alive

SDM
May 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Nice of you to associate a “new” technology with a task it will not and can not do…..like play music. Kind of makes the story more irrelevant that it may otherwise have been.

Corey Bell (@toastercult)
May 5, 2014 at 11:27 am

cassette quality sucks, and they’re terribly ineffective to navigate through.

Jhonny Ausemkock
May 6, 2014 at 2:58 am

I’m assuming you’re talking about audio. You’re right about the navigation. Linear sucks in that regard, but the sound quality with high end tapes and decks can be quite excellent.

Room To Review
May 5, 2014 at 10:52 am

The question people actually need to ask is – WHO NEEDS THAT MUCH DATA?? Answer = no-one. Absolutely no-one. This idea is a genius piece of technology, and excellent for a headline, but really, who will this product be for? Unless it’s going to be marketed to secret agents who probably don’t read Consequence Of Sound because they’re too busy stealing 18.5 versions of the entire library of Congress, the only people who are going to have the money/need to buy this piece of immensely impressive tech (and in equal parts futile and inconsequential) are going to be Russian Oiligarchs or Super Sheik Bot #1-17.

I’d love one though.

BBWilson
May 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

That’s exactly what people said when PC’s with 1 GB of hard drive came out.

Riot Nrrrd™
May 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

“The question people actually need to ask is – WHO NEEDS THAT MUCH DATA?? Answer = no-one.”

Are you really that dumb? At work we have PETABYTES of storage. I’d kill to replace our 4-year-old Qualstar LTO-4 robot tape library with 185 TB tape cartridges!!!

Jhonny Ausemkock
May 6, 2014 at 2:55 am

I have enough data in my care to fill a couple of those, actually. I work IT for a public school system. There are many companies and universities with even more than that. Movie and music production houses archive that much as well. Communication companies, network service providers, health care and insurance companies, it’s really a long list. So I guess the short answer is a lot of people need that much data.

Johnson Rice
May 7, 2014 at 12:05 am

Well, that was a truly stupid comment. How about ANYONE WITH A VIDEO CAMERA.

K THX BYE.

(presuming this is fast enough to actually record video to)

Duncan Waldron (@ozalba)
May 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

Big science is wrestling with data processing and storage issues, such as: “With an expected exabyte of daily data output, the SKA telescope will produce as much data as the entire Internet does every twenty four hours.” http://insidehpc.com/2012/10/14/ska-telescope-to-sport-massive-data-requirements/ (giga- … tera- … peta- … exa-).

As for the 64m songs, such a measure is just providing a popular and relatively easily assimilated comparison. Clearly, nobody is actually going to want to slot one of these into their hyper-Walkman.

Samantha
May 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

I’m getting pissed off by seeing this over and over so i’m just going to quote myself from yesterday.
“to any of you who think this has anything to do with audio or think that this is some “quaint” revival of “retro” tech, you’re a goddamn moron. Archival tape has been used in the tech industry for years and NEVER left.
Also: this image is misleading. Datatape doesnt look like the shit you jam in a walkman.”
Basically, the TECH industry has used magnetic tape for data archival for YEARS. WE NEVER STOPPED USING IT. It is second to NONE in terms of capacity and data stability. The only reason we don’t use Tape in home computers is due to the bulky equipment required, as well as the INCREDIBLY slow read/write/seek times.
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AUDIO CASSETTES. PLEASE STOP SHARING MISINFORMATION.

Room To Review
May 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

“Yeah, but they look the same!” – The world’s answer, because the world doesn’t know about datatapes, or archival storage techniques, so there has to be an “in” for the average person somewhere.

mickey
May 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

you don’t gotta be a dick about it. geez. you need a hug.

chris
May 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

yeah dude no need to be pissed off about tapes man

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Calm down you spaz.

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Unlike other commenters, I’m going to agree with you. This is a stupid article by a writer that is clearly ignorant of the technology at question.

uMADbro
May 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Holy CAPS LOCK!

Topnotch Alex
May 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Sounds like you need a good dicking, it looks like you seriously need the sexual stimulation. Relax, hun. Can we get a MAN to explain this professionally? This woman just PMS’d like hell.

Samantha
May 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Riiight. As a woman, I can’t possibly know what I’m talking about. My anger at this blatant distribution CAN’T be because I’ve been a goddamn UNIX Systems Administrator for YEARS and have actually worked with tape archival systems. Nooo, It MUST be because I’m a PMSing cunt who’s emotioning all over the place. DAT ESTROGEN YO. MAKIN BITCHES CRAZY.
When you can manage a server farm of over 1000 servers, ensuring maximum uptime, data stability, AND deal with pissed off moron users, maaaaybe you’ll be good enough to talk to me about shit.
Until then, go home little boy. The adults are speaking.

john
May 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

i’m sorry you work with UNIX, must suck to have your job eh

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Original Commenter has every right to be pissed about this shitty writing.

Andy
May 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

You are spot on Samantha. My only point of disagreement is when you said:

“as well as the INCREDIBLY slow read/write/seek times.”

I think this should say: “as well as the INCREDIBLY slow seek times.”

Since reading and writing to tape can be relatively fast. I am terribly sorry for the misogyny in the responses you are getting. These people are obviously just as ignorant as the author.

Anonymous
May 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

What is wrong with you?

Mike
May 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Samantha, I was with you 100% until you stated that the read/write times were incredibly slow to tape. LTO4 and LTO5 can easily push over 5GB/m to tape with the proper network infrastructure. There have even been instances of pushing data to tape faster than writing to disk based network storage.

Rachael
May 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Sweetie, you’re standing on a soapbox with no one around.

Josh
May 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I am very upset by this article as well. I don’t know if the author is oblivious to the facts, or if he is just generating hype for clickthroughs. Either one, I consider to be a lack of journalistic integrity.

blackjackshellac
May 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Is it April 1st? This is just inane.

Ryan Schremp
May 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I was coming here to make this exact post.

freemars
May 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

I completely agree. This is terribly written article. Everything written about nearly everywhere is being dumbed down. It seems this still wouldn’t allow for the most basic rules of journalistic integrity to be violated, which would be to know what you are talking about if you’re going to report on it.

Riot Nrrrd™
May 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Right on Samantha! I (a male sysadmin) thought the exact same thing as you did. What a dumb@$$ article.

Adam
May 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

RELAX!!!!

amylola
May 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I deeply appreciate your explanation, but do I have to be called a “moron” because I didn’t know this information? I read the article. I read your comment. Now I know. Can I stop being a moron now?

Samantha
May 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

That comment was more in regards to the “tech writers” misrepresenting the information, rather than users who may not be informed. My apologies for not making that clearer.

Brian
May 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Hi! Few things to start off with =] 1. Yes I’m replying you because you’re a female nerd, ’tis an awesome thing to see! 2. I’m Brian 3. Don’t be intimidated, but I’m not a stereotypical guy. If anything, I’ll be the one in the kitchen =D.

Samantha
May 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Oh, good, can I have a sandwich then~? :3

Jase (@jase_b)
May 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm
  1. Samantha for the win. 2. There is also a basic error in the article: “a tape that can hold a whopping 148 gigabytes per square inch” … “holds approximately 74 times the amount of data of standard tapes” … “standard tapes could only store about 29.5 GB per square inch” = I can’t maths. 3. Please stop talking about fast-forwarding and rewinding to find songs. This is not about mixtapes. Aaaaand 4. Please amend your ill-informed article to correct your error, Chris Coplan.
Josh
May 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Wow, calm down. I’m sure a lot of readers are aware of this. I’m sure that the articles author is also aware of this. It sounds to me like the problem you have is with people who think cassette tapes are cool. If this is the case, deal with it internally and don’t take it out on innocent bystanders.

Jhonny Ausemkock
May 6, 2014 at 2:45 am

Oh calm down. You’re not impressing anybody with your overwhelming mountain of knowledge and wisdom. Getting pissed off about something so silly doesn’t make you smart. It makes you a silly jerk.

Sven
May 6, 2014 at 7:10 am

YOU MAD BRO!

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 7:40 am

Thanks Samantha! Saved me the time of rewinding these damn tapes!

Eric Oehler
May 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

THANK you. This misinformation has been driving me NUTS. But some marketing guy certainly grabbed onto the right metaphor when he said “yeah, like your walkman!” or whatever.

Although there will be plenty of opportunities for hilarity once people try to get their hands on these things and jam them in their walkmen.

Mexiko (@PizzaVonMeow)
May 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

I feel you. They mention the word “cassette” 5 times in the first paragraph alone. But this article would get way less facebook/tumblr/twitter shares if they just said “Sony makes an improved data tape” without trying so desperately tie it into retro pop culture

Marty
May 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Yes, linear storage formats will not return as viable consumer audio media. What I do find interesting in the article is the idea of a much finer magnetic particle. It seems to me this could be applicable to greatly improving storage capacity of random access formats.

Izzy
May 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

Do you not read what you type? Like, any of your comments in this thread? Do you really not understand that screaming and swearing at people for not knowing everything you know makes you look like there’s something wrong with you?
You may be right, but that doesn’t make you sound like any less of a lunatic.
And dicks though they may be for saying it, you really do sound like you’re PMSing, or need to take a nap.
You’re coming across like a cranky five-year-old, only a cranky five-year-old with expansive tech knowledge, but you should take a nap either way.

Word Says
May 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

I’ll bet Samantha is incredible in bed. You go girl!!

Samantha
May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Well then o.o;
Not what I expected to hear after spewing out nerdrage everywhere.

TheActualTruthDealWithIt
May 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

Some little girl is getting awfully emotional and PMS-raggy about a device invented by men which she and her gender had absolutely nothing to do with (and never will)

Bitch, please! You’re not a spokesperson for this technology. Your loudmouth emotions and all-caps are a worthless currency here. Go knit a sweater or play with your dolls, little girl.

Samantha
May 6, 2014 at 11:10 am

Amusing. Can you even operate a computer beyond mindlessly wandering the web, you troglodyte?

Dan Braun
May 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

HEAR HEAR! It bothers me, that this graphic suggests that this digital tape archiving format could be used as an audio cassette! It CAN’T… Further to the point, this will likely NOT even be a consumer product. It will TOO expensive for anything other than for a large data centre offline or near line storage system!

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Wow I really valued your opinion until I realised you’re A WOMAN 😕😕😕😕😕 now I just think you’re chatting shit tbh

Samantha
May 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Sooooo, my statements were valid until you realized I have tits? Fuck off, you misogynistic asshat.

Anonymous
May 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hahaha calm ya tits love Jesus talk about bite the bait 🎣

joshua
May 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

you’re a goddamn cow but you’re right

Scott Pakudaitis
May 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I wish there were tape drives for the home PC market. I’d rather backup my photos onto tape than on either DVDs or another HDD. Years ago I had a 12-pack-sized cartridge tape drive attached to my PC. It held a whopping 100MB (back when 20MB hard drives were considered huge.)

Grant Fieldgrove
May 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

But I just threw my ipod in the trash :-(

Johnson Rice
May 7, 2014 at 12:04 am

Samantha, I hope everyone that told you to calm down gets injured in a car crash… because that was awesome. Couldn’t have ranted it better myself… Thank you.

Herbie Allen
May 7, 2014 at 2:05 am

As a former IT (Retired Navy), I have to agree with Samantha as well. NO backup tape we ever used has looked anything like an audio cassette. The writer is a moron and needs to do more research. Misleading and incorrect product represented.

areyoukiddingme
May 7, 2014 at 3:28 am

hahahhahahhahaha the number of things wrong with this post is staggering. to talk about this tape in the context of ipods or even audio cassettes shows a complete lack of understanding of what it’s for. the achievement is its capacity, that’s it.
i can’t explain why this makes me so angry. samantha rules.

Anonymous
May 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

so if i’m following you correctly Samantha, I can fit my entire music catalog on one of the tapes in the picture above and play it on my yellow Sony Sports Walkman, right? or use it to play games on my Commodore 64? cool, thanks!

DUBLEV
May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

I was wondering why the Exabyte 307265 160M XL Data Tape Cartridges I ordered weren’t playing any Robert Palmer through my personal cassette recorder. I’ve been had.

Anonymous
May 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Calm down you raging vagina.

Vag
May 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

calm down you raging vagina.

briskmojo
May 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Def need a dicking and maybe some midol

Nicholas
May 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Nobody is discrediting your intelligence, they’re acknowledging how you just lost your fucking shit, which is probably a consequence of being demeaned in your line of work your entire life because you have a vagina that may or may not be spewing blood as we speak. Now learn some god damn respect and maybe we’ll respect you.

Alex
May 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Jeez Samanatha you are so angry tonight. Hope everything is OK message me if you wanna talk!

BiggC
May 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

LOL! Love that reply! As a techie myself I feel your pain and when I read this dumb article I was thinking to myself how the hell are they going to retrieve the songs from those tapes??? If you wanna listen to a playlist and shuffle the songs that’s a never ending process of ff and rew just to get to those songs! I’ve never actually used data tapes before but I have studied and read about them before and it’s a super slow process just to read/write data in these things!