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May 9th, 2017, 07:40 PM
Popular Mechanics has released an on-line article entitled, "11 Forgotten Media Formats of Yesteryear". The subtitle says, "You remember the floppy drive, but do you remember the Commodore 64 tape drive?" (My answer -- of course, I do!)

They only identify the Datasette with the C64 and not with the other compatible C= 8-bit computers - PET, VIC-20, Plus/4, C128, and CBM II series.

To read about what they say about the Datasette, see


Robert Bernardo
June 10-11 Pacific Commodore Expo NW -
July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13 -

May 9th, 2017, 07:45 PM
...and they left out CRAM and the Exatron Stringy Floppy...

...not to mention 1950s floppy disc.

May 9th, 2017, 07:50 PM
I didn't even see the Datasette on there, but I may have missed it trying to avoid an ad.

The things I did see, I haven't exactly forgotten. I've owned (and still own) examples of most of them.

May 9th, 2017, 08:13 PM
... and the Exatron Stringy Floppy...

This was my primary computer storage device for about 2 years!


May 9th, 2017, 09:02 PM
It seems like the author thought Datasette was its own unique tape format, rather than just a fancy name for a tape drive that recorded onto standard audio cassettes.

And since when Video CD is a "format of yesteryear"? They're still selling new VCDs in Asia:


May 9th, 2017, 09:08 PM
This reads like a modern Popular Science article (and yes, I know it IS a modern popular science article):

Absolute trash.
How the hell can you call Umatic a forgotten format? It was literally used and supported well past the point most places had moved to digital HD.

May 9th, 2017, 09:16 PM
Whatever happened to the Dead Media Project?

May 9th, 2017, 11:23 PM
I had to use cassette for storage on my first 2 computers (Timex 2068, then a C64). Loading and saving to cassette was not fun or fast but usable for the small programs of the time. Floppy disks were much more usable. Anything pre cassette is nothing I want to deal with.

Formats come and go. I would not trade todays digital video storage for the old analog tapes, but you have to remember the first digital codecs kind of sucked, anything with fast action would look like hell even with a much higher resolution compared to analog tape.

May 10th, 2017, 04:24 AM
How the hell can you call Umatic a forgotten format? It was literally used and supported well past the point most places had moved to digital HD.
Major movie producers were releasing promos of new movies to TV stations on U-Matic as late as 2009!