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The inventor of the audio cassette is dead

The inventor of the audio cassette is dead

As audio cassette music gained new interest among fans, one of its supposed inventors, the Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, passed away.

Many tributes have been paid to Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, considered the inventor of the audio cassette and one of the designers of compact discs, following the news of his death at the age of 94 on Friday.

Created by Lou Ottens while working for the Dutch electronics company Philips, the cassettes made music really small for the first time, and allowed a generation of music fans to create mixsteps – collections of their favorite songs. From the 1960s to the 1980s, both sides and very easy to record, more than 100 billion cassettes were produced at peak worldwide.

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Olga Coolen, director of the Phillips Museum in Eindhoven, responded. “Lou is an extraordinary man who, despite his humble beginnings, loved technology.”

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