In a Spotify world, why does anyone want to listen to cassettes?

A US cassette firm is spooling up production again to meet demand. Do people really want to go back to the flimsy magnetic tape of the 1980s, asks Paul Marks

One morning in 1965, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards surfaced to find that the night before, inspired by a dream, he’d half-woken and in a stupor created the memorable riff to one of the band’s biggest hits.

“I had no idea I’d written it, it’s only thank God for the little Philips cassette player,” he writes in his autobiography, Life. “I’d put a brand new tape in the previous night, and saw it was at the end. Then I pushed rewind and there was Satisfaction.”

Richards’ recollection neatly frames the hyperconvenient

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