Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, the man who had the idea for audio cassette tape, has died at age 94.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
The inventor of the audio cassette tape has died. Dutch engineer Lou Ottens was 94.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Let’s rewind to the days before Ottens’ creation. Audio tape was a beast to deal with. It was recorded and played on open reels of spinning quarter-inch tape, tape that would have to be threaded ever so carefully through an array of little cylinders. No wonder the average consumer never fancied it.
SHAPIRO: Well, in the early 1960s, Lou Ottens was head of product development for
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