Yes, they seem quite dinosaur-like nowadays compared with mp3s and music on CDs. But I liked having tapes. I liked taking time to make compilations. For myself, and others. I liked going to the effort of hand-writing the label and the index. In my large hand-writing. Of working out how many songs I could get on each side.
When I think back to tapes I think of artists such as: Roxette, A-Ha, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Petshop Boys, Belinda Carlisle, Bananarama, T’Pau, Cher, Culture Club, Chris de Burgh, Billy Joel, Wham, Tina Turner. Among others.
I still have tapes. In my car. It doesn’t have a CD player, see. The tapes in the car were made about 6 years ago. Which is when I bought the car (second hand). I don’t have a tape deck at home though. I haven’t for many years.
I have fond memories of tapes.