retromystique and the fetishisation of obsolete playback devices & blank media
first there was this book by thurston moore on the mixtape as bygone art form and objet de cathexis
then talk on dissensus about walkman chic versus incipient naffness of ipods
and talk elsewhere about the appeal of cassette-sound for its analogue warmth, possible collectability of pre-recorded cassettes, tapes as period signifiers, the cassette-only compilation as postpunk (touch, disques du crepuscule, etc) art form non pareil, etc etc
and now this!! ) (perservere past all the japanese characters installation bizniz and you will be amply rewarded with a feast for the eyes) (link courtesy of philip sherburne)
i can't honestly ever imagine this happening to the CD single or the cd-r for that matter, but who knows...