Yes, you can still use cassettes, and many people do. Although they are considered obsolete in the mainstream market due to the prevalence of digital media, there is a niche community and various artists who continue to appreciate and utilize cassette tapes for their aesthetic, nostalgic value, and unique sound quality.
Here’s how cassettes are still being used:
Some independent artists and record labels release albums on cassettes in limited quantities. The lo-fi quality of cassettes is sometimes preferred for certain music genres like indie, punk, and experimental music.
Cassettes can be used for personal audio recording. Some people prefer the tactile and hands-on experience of recording onto tape, and cassettes are one of the few remaining analog formats that allow for this.
Retro Technology Enthusiasts
There’s a growing interest in retro technology where enthusiasts collect, use, and trade vintage tech, including cassette players and tapes.
Books on Tape and Language Courses
In some cases, educational materials and audiobooks on cassette can still be found and utilized, particularly by those who have retained cassette players for this purpose.
Cars with Cassette Players
Some older cars still have cassette players, and their owners continue to use cassettes for in-car entertainment.
Art and Decor
Cassettes are sometimes repurposed for art or used as a nostalgic decor element.
If you’re looking to play cassettes, you will need a cassette player or a deck, which can still be found in second-hand markets, online platforms like eBay, or specialty stores. For recording, blank cassettes are also still available from some manufacturers and retailers.
Keep in mind that cassette tapes do degrade over time, and their sound quality can deteriorate after many plays or if they are not stored properly. Moreover, the equipment to play and record cassettes can also be prone to mechanical issues, so maintenance or repairs might be necessary.