Cassettes are display at the Rough Trade store during the second ever Cassette Store Day, held in the UK and the US, on September 27, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York. AFP PHOTO / William EDWARDS
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Seven years later, Bohrman helps run a label out of southern California, Burger Records, which has sold 350,000 cassettes -- tiny in the universe of the music industry, but marking an unlikely mini-revival of an often-derided format whose obituary had been written in the 1990s.Few expect that cassettes -- notorious for getting jammed and unspooled -- will again become the dominant format as in the 1980s before compact discs took over. Last year, cassettes accounted for fewer than 0.1 percent of the 289 million albums sold in the United States, with CDs still topping digital downloads, according to Nielsen figures.While it is more unwieldy to select tracks on cassettes compared with CDs, MP3s or even vinyl, Bohrman said that is exactly the point. On cassettes, listeners are more likely to take in the whole album.
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