Compact cassette music sales rose 140% over last year. Wow, noise, and flutter! How quaint. Hipsters have declared their love for a format that, unlike the vinyl LP, does not even sound particularly good. The most commonplace Dolby noise reduction systems in most cassette decks cause immense loss of high end detail. Most hipsters collecting cassettes can’t even find a player with a properly aligned tape head. Most will probably be using ghetto blasters or Talkboys as they were six in 1992 when Home Alone 2 came out.
When will CDs become popular again with hipsters? In another ten or twenty years? Will hipsters spike the price of early underground metal CDs ever more so, with the ones from the 80s that are rarer than the original LPs going up to hundreds? Can hipsters comprehend how digital audio works and how good having a playback medium free of noise with linear extension from 20hz to 20 kHz really is? Remember the Pitchfork crowd do not purchase multi-bit digital to analog converters, high-end turntables not made of rubber belts and medium density fiberboard, great output transformer coupled tube amps, quality transducers, and other sorts of high-fidelity goodies. They can’t afford those and wouldn’t even know where to buy them; hipsters use Crosleys from Target and boom boxes junkies pawned off to listen to beat up analog formats quickly destroyed through not bothering to set correct tracking force and alignment. Perfect sound is not forever unlike buying a CD and ripping it securely.