8 track audiotape cartridge

Eight-Track Cartridge:

logo 8-track
Stereo 8, commonly known as the eight-track cartridge, eight-track tape, or simply eight-track, is a magnetic tape sound recording technology. It was popular in the United States from the mid-1960s through to the early 1980s, but was relatively unknown in many European countries with the exception of the United Kingdom.

Invented by: Lear Jet Corporation
Launched:  1963
Used for: home recording, music distribution
a.k.a.: Stereo 8, eight-track tape, eight-track, 8-track
Magnetic tape size: ΒΌ inch
Magnetic tape backing materials: plastic
Recording media: ferric oxide
Recording Speed:  3-3/4 ips (9.5 cm/s)
Discontinued in: 1982

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