Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Audio Cassette Tape, Has Died

Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, the man who had the idea for audio cassette tape, has died at age 94.


The inventor of the audio cassette tape has died. Dutch engineer Lou Ottens was 94.


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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