Analog in Winter
Friday, January 21, 2005
For many decades, reel-to-reel analog tape has defined the experience of recorded sound. It became the standard after World War II, but has gradually been overtaken by cheaper digital technology. And so this month, the last tape manufacturer, Quantegy, abruptly closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. As far as anyone knows, it represents the end of a medium. Culture maven Rick Karr joins Bob to recount the slow demise of analog tape.