So the revival of physical music formats carries on. Cassettes have been coming back for a few years now and seem to be getting pretty big (e.g. see here although a guy selling tapes probably isn't objective). I'm too young to have ever had vinyl but I do remember having tapes. I'm not really sure what to make of their return. With vinyl I can understand the arguments about sound quality (though I'm not convinced the difference is noticeable in many home audio situations), their use in DJing, having a physical item etc etc. Tapes have always seemed to me to have their main (sentimental) value in making your own recordings, mixtapes and so on. Pretty cool for giving people control over recordings in a way that vinyl didn't, but do they offer any other benefits, especially as a medium for new releases? I'm struggling to think of why I would buy a new release on tape rather than vinyl. Leon Vynehall's 'Music for the Uninvited' has plenty of tape hiss and compression, which he talks about here (incidentally doesn't the Red Bull Music Academy sound like it should be shit? but they have interesting articles). He said: but tbh i don't see how it's anything else, given that he hasn't actually released it on cassette.