By Matthew Brooks
Vinyl records are back again. The portable cassette player is making a comeback, too.
In 2018, both vinyl and cassette sales saw an increase in sales over the previous year.
Vinyls represented 13% of all physical format music sales in 2018, for a total of 10 million vinyl sales.
Cassette sales were 118,000 in the US in 2018.
On the heels of the 40th anniversary of the Walkman, a Kickstarter is bringing the pencil-fixed player into the 21st century.
The Bluetooth-enabled player also supports the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
The device, called IT’S OKAY, also features classic cassette features like a microphone and monoaural sound.
It runs on 2 AA batteries. This means refueling is made possible through RadioShack, or just about any other store.
If a Kickstarter, with the necessary wait until a proposal becomes reality, there are plenty of alternative Bluet0oth-less players.
There are enough options out there to mean there better and worse models.
The Bluetooth player will drop to supporters in December 2019.