The last Audio Cassette Factory
Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !
Back in the '70's, I worked in a cassette/8-track duplication house. A lot of disco in the air back then. Unfortunately, I got rid of almost all my cassettes, as they were shedding oxide like crazy when I played them. But seeing this makes me want to break out my old Nakamichi deck and try a mix tape again.
I still have all my old vinyl, including a limited Beatles box set that sounded so clear that you could hear the squeak of the foot pedal on Ringo's bass drum. That's what I loved and miss about vinyl: It's physical. It's the ritual of carefully removing the record from the sleeve, placing the needle on the disc, and poring over the liner notes, lyric sheets and artwork(Dark Side of the Moon!), all the things that made records so memorable. I just recently hooked up my Denon turntable to my system. Now, I need to dig into storage and pull out that Beatles box again.