April 11 is Eight Track Tape Day. Wow, we even have a day celebrating the eight track tape! I remember the eight track tape, which kind of dates me. But what I remember about it was that it was about the coolest thing that had come out in a long time. Eventually, these tapes were replaced by cassette tapes.
The eight track tape was created by William Lear. However, it should be noted that during the early 1960′s there were a number of continuous-loop audio tape systems. The system that was developed for this tape was similar to the four track system. One of the refinements that was made was to use a pinch roller as part of the tape rather than the player.
Another difference was that Lear divided the the into eight channels which extended the playing time of the tape. The eight track tape was popular from about 1965 into the late 1970′s. I think it is important to remember that this technology paved the way to the development of many portable music systems.