Former Philips engineer Lou Ottens, who produced the first compact cassette in the world, has passed away. According to Dutch news outlet NRC Handelsblad, the legendary engineer was 94 years old when he died.
Without cassette We wouldn’t have jumbled lists and playlists.
Lou Ottens, 1960He started working on tape in the early ‘s. NPRAccording to the story told by the engineer, the engineer wanted to develop a way for people to listen to affordable and accessible music that then did not have large reel-to-reel tapes.
So first, he created a wooden prototype that could fit in his pocket to guide the project. He also tried to persuade Philips to license his invention to other manufacturers free of charge at that time. Philips, the first in 1963 “compact cassette” introduced. But the rest of this introduction is history.
But this was not the end of Ottens’ career. He continued to help Philips and Sony develop the compact disc.
The importance of tapes for music culture is known by everyone. Without them, we wouldn’t have mixed lists and playlists. What’s more, people were able to listen to their favorite songs and albums on the go thanks to the tape. This has been seen as defining how people enjoy music ever since. Despite all its flaws, tapes have experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Sales of the format in 2016 74 percent increased. Two years later, Stranger Things ve Guardians of the Galaxy with the help of soundtracks 23 percent they got bigger.
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