It’s funny, I never fell out of cassettes because I was still buying them new til 2004, then I had my player until about 3 or 4 years ago, but I haven’t gotten rid of all the tapes (I think, threw a lot out a few years back). I don’t have a player right now (except in one of my cars that isn’t a daily driver). But yeah, I’ve noticed them making a comeback too. None of my friends are going out of their way to get them yet, but I can definitely see the appeal for an artist. Really anything with your music on it that people will pay for, am I right?
I’ve seen people selling chiptunes on Sega or Nintendo cartridges. If people will pay for that, then we should consider being at least as creative. I’d be happy to sell a quality flash drive with my logo on it in a nice box with some merch (Daft Punk did a $300 version of Random Access Memories with a flash drive, LP, and most of all, a bunch of collectible merch). Totally doable with tape too.
I think vinyl has a lot of history to that shape and form, and there’s a lot more perceived quality and nostalgia there, but clearly tapes are on their way to at least some of that status. Who knows, maybe I’ll be nostalgic for my cassettes soon too? The first song I ever remember hearing was on cassette. That’s always going to be special.