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#5--Roll Tape

  • Oberlin Smith published a description of magnetic recording in Electrical World, Sep. 8, 1888. The proposed device used an electromagnet and a string covered with iron filings.
  • The wire recorder was invented in 1900 by Valdemar Poulsen.
  • In 1936, the magnetophon was introduced in Germany by the Allgemeine Elektrizitatsgesellschaft (AEG) and I. G. Farben companies.
  • Bing Crosby was a major backer of the first Ampex tape recorder.
  • On the 8-track of The Who's Live at Leeds, the extended jam version of "My Generation" is interrupted when the tape goes from track three to track four.
  • The cassette was patented in 1964, signaling the demise of the 8-track format.
  • The tape in a 90-minute cassette is roughly 443 feet long.
  • The first High Definition car radio was sold on Jan. 5 of this year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    sources: iBiquity Digital Corp, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.'s Virtual Museum, University of San Diego, our readers

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