I still have boxes of cassette tapes. In my heart I suspect that some of them are still wet with water from Hurricane Katrina. Cassettes are like that for me. Not only do they contain low-fidelity music and sounds from the past, but they also contain surprises like tape breaking, hiss, and getting tangled up in the playback device.
When I was a DJ, I made mixes for myself, friends and potential gigs. Boomboxes were an essential accessory.
When I was very young, one of the first pieces of tech I had was a cassette recorder/player which I hauled around and whispered into. I also recorded sounds off of shortwave radio including the now infamous numbers stations.
Unfortunately due to the fragility of the medium, most if not all of any tapes that I made are now broken or unplayable for other reasons.
Does everyone remember the skull and crossbones that were on tapes, "Home Taping Is Killing Music" or something like that? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Taping_Is_Killing_Music
I'm like, Mike. I have no fondness for this transient medium. It was good for the 80's and early 90's but it's time has gone. I don't even have a functioning playback device (but I do have a nonfunctioning, double, fairly high-end cassette stereo component that needs to be dumped, I guess).
I do NOT understand why there is a resurgence unless the artists involved believe there is some sort of chic nostalgia to cassettes. Perhaps these artists are young folks who don't recall the hiss, breakage, and lack of direct access.
Addendum: I just noticed that you can get Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain" on cassette on Amazon.com for a mere 18.95 used. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003TZ2JSO/ref=tmm_acs_used_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=used