Retro Music formats: Vinyl, Cassette and MiniDisc

So, recently I’ve become more interested in obscure and obsolete forms of music.

I started this path by listening to music on an iPod Shuffle, and then I moved on to vinyl. In the past few weeks though, I have been finding vintage music things in our basement while I was looking for vinyl. And so, I’m going to talk a little bit about each one.


Vinyl was the original way to listen to recorded music, and works by reading grooves in a piece of black vinyl. Although the sound quality is amazing, you have to be careful with them because they are very fragile. They are also impossible to record on to, and so the only way to have a vinyl album was to buy one made in a pressing plant.

An image of my new Lenco L-85 I got for Christmas last year:

My record collection:

I began collecting last year, starting out with 7 inch singles, then moving up to 12 inch EPs, and then full 12 inch albums.


Cassettes were the next thing after vinyl and were revolutionary due to their compact size and their ability to easily record onto them. There were a range of different types, like Ferrics, chrome and metal that were varying in quality. I know, I’m such a music nerd.

Right now, I only have a vintage Walkman and a low quality stereo to play tapes with, but I might get something more advanced some time in the future.

Here’s pictures of the stereo and Walkman:


Minidisc are probably the most interesting of all the three types. Minidiscs were an experiment by Sony that widely failed. But they’re great because they’re much smaller than CD’s and so easy to record with. You play them on these tiny players that look like this:

And they play these even smaller discs that look like this:

And as you can see, you can make fun covers with them like I did for a mix I made yesterday of Rave and Acid House.

I don’t have that many but they’re pretty cheap on EBay, and you can get one for about a pound (or 75 cents if you live in America) if the gods of EBay bestow you with luck.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post, and if you want to see a part 2, get this to 3 likes!

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