Eight Tracks Still Selling, WZZM
Grand Rapids, MI-- It's a bygone music format, yet the plastic tape cartridge known as the eight track is still selling.
The eight track emerged in the late 1960's. The bulky tapes often wore out quickly, but it was the best way to listen to music on the go.
"Back in the day, it was the way to go for music. There was nothing else as far as having a tape, so everybody went with it," says Dan Spoelman, who used eight tracks during the 70's.
Many eight track players are finding new homes, with people born well after its hey day.
"It doesn't have the same warmth as a record, but there's still something about that tape format, it was still a bit different from cassette," says John Tremblay of Kalamazoo.
Some, who experienced eight tracks when there were popular, have other thoughts about the long forgotten format.
"It's from the past, and it's gonna stay in the past," says Dan Spoelman, while shopping for used VHS cassette tapes at Corner Records in Grandville.
Nostalgia seems to be the eight track's main saving grace these days.
"With the eight tracks, if you were in the car, singing along with your friends, it would click, and you could hear everybody else in the car singing when it went dead just for a fraction of a second," says Steve Williamson, owner of Grandville's Corner Record Store.
Wednesday, on National Eight Track Tape Day, there were still some out there, paying tribute to the player.
"We want to be a light hearted society, and why not celebrate something as simple as eight tracks," says Tim Garrod, owner of Captain Bizzaro's in Grand Rapids.
"It's got its place, and I suppose it's had its day, but there are still a lot of people who have fun with it," adds Steve Williamson.
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