Surprisingly, there’s still a big market for old school audio tapes. According to Gizmodo and the New York Times, prisons in America are huge consumers of old-school audio tapes. Apparently it’s because CD’s are too easy to make into shivs, whereas the tapes are not.
And yes, somewhere out there someone is still making tapes of new music. It’s not something that would have ever occured to me.
I guess this guy has been trying to save up all the cassettes he can find over the last few years, and apparently he’s even able to order some of the newer titles from some manufacturer that still makes tapes!
The last quote of his is pretty epic, ““I have dodged every conventional bullet that has hit most music retailers,” Paris says. “I don’t have to worry about downloading, legal or illegally. The beauty of it is that prisoners don’t have Internet access and never will.””
At least there’s one music seller out there who seems to be doing well. And considering America has one of the highest prison populations, he’s got quite the market to chase.