NATIONAL EIGHT TRACK TAPE DAY
National Eight Track Tape Day on April 11th recognizes an era that was here and gone in a short 20 years. Nevertheless, it is a day to remember listening to great music of the sixties and seventies on eight-track tapes.
Popular from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, eight-track tapes are a magnetic tape sound recording technology.
In 1964, Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola, and RCA, created the eight-track tape. Also known as Stereo 8, the first player was released in 1965.
In September of 1965, Ford Motor Company introduced factory-installed and dealer installed eight-track tape players as an option to buyers on three of its 1966 models – the Thunderbird, Mustang, and Lincoln. In addition, Ford offered an eight-track tape player in all its vehicles as an upgrade option on the 1967 model. Through the 1980s, optional eight-track players were available in many cars and trucks.
Eight track cartridges were phased out in the retail stores in the United States by late 1982. However, some titles were still available as eight-track tapes through various mail-order clubs until late 1988.
Many of the late period eight-track tape releases are highly collectible today.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EightTrackDay
- Listen to your eight-track tapes.
- Share your favorite tracks.
- Post a memory about playing eight tracks.
- Share your enthusiasm for eight tracks and what makes you collect them.
- Do you know someone who would enjoy this celebration? Be sure to let them know using #EightTrackDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EIGHT TRACK TAPE DAY HISTORY
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Eight Track FAQ
Q. Do they still make eight-track tapes?
A. No, there are currently no manufacturers of eigh-track tapes.
Q. Where can I buy eight-track tapes?
A. Second-hand shops, antique stores, and some music stores might offer eight-track tapes. Several online shops offer eight-track tapes for sale, too. Other options include used book stores, garage, and estate sales.