Cassette audio tapes (remember those?) are making a comeback

Compact disk sales are declining, yet vinyl records have enjoyed a resurgence over the past several years. And last year, cassette sales rose to 129,000 units, an increase of 74% over 2015. So what’s up with cassettes – why so popular all of a sudden? Actually, the numbers are still miniscule compared to the 105 million CDs sold in 2016.  Yet the bump in cassette sales reflects a growing appetite for tangible items that fans can cherish.  Also, it doesn’t hurt that artists like Justin Bieber, Eminem and Prince brought tape reissues to market.  Or that online retailer Urban Outfitters has exclusive deals to sell their cassettes, as well as vintage gear to play them on., 01.23.17