Feb 19, 2010

The advantages of tape media

For all the quality improvements of the CD, their inferior durability is very obvious here in South Africa. Though CDs are tougher than most people think, the procedure to fix them is rather involved. Here everyone seems to have a couple CDs floating around, and every single one I've ever seen is scratched to hell. Nothing says "South African taxi" to me like Setswana songs mixed with a cheap Casio keyboard skipping relentlessly.

Yet the other day my host brother pulled out a tape of some old gospel music (saccharine, vanilla Americana stuff) that he said was 30 years old, and it still played. Better suited to this type of environment.


  1. You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

  2. I would have thought that saying tapes are better than CDs sometimes is an opinion, no?