The cassette tape, which helped make music collections more portable and, thus, more fun, is the latest casualty of the digital revolution. I love this explainer for the kids who have no sense of history:
For younger readers, the compact cassette consisted of two miniature spools between which a magnetic tape was passed and wound. This mechanism was housed in a protective plastic shell.
The tapes also helped us augment our musical collections, um, for free. Many of those young whippersnappers probably think the copyright issues the musicians and recording companies are so sensitive about started with the digital age. Confession: I also have a box of eight-track tapes in the attic. Man, those were cumbersome to haul around.