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You have a Compact Cassette

The Compact Cassette is an analogue audio format. Inside the cassette, there is a magnetic strip of about 0.16-inch-wide (4 mm). You can record sound on both sides.

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50+ years

In the early sixties, the Compact Cassette was invented at the Philips holding in Hasselt. After more than 50 years, this cassette is still in use. Currently, different lengths are in circulation, including C46 (23 min/side), C60 (30 min/side), C90 (45 min/side) and C120 (60 min/side). Do you want to record a longer audio segment? You can extend the capacity by adapting the recording speed.

Roman numerals

You might have noticed a Roman numeral on the cassette. It indicates the chemical composition of the magnetic tape:

  • Type I: ferric oxide
  • Type II: chromium dioxide
  • Type III: ferro-chrome
  • Type IV: metal particles

Did you know …

… the Compact Cassette became very popular, partly because Philips decided to license the design freely after 1965?*

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