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>too young to remember how duff the format was
I'll dispute that. You're spot on about the clueless youth part, but for it's time it was a very good format. CD's were indisputably higher quality, but useless as a portable format, and their popularity was boosted massively by the record industry doing everything they can to crush digital tape formats like DAT and Digital Compact, because they were terrified of digital tape's ability to copy perfect quality from generation to generation.
Without them essentially boycotting digital tape formats, it's entirely feasible, indeed quite possible, that CDs would have been barely remembered as a very obscure platform.
Of course, we're talking about analog tape here, but I can never resist ranting about DAT which is my favourite format ever. Back to the point, analog tape could never compete with the full-fat digital output of a CD (or DAT, god bless it) HOWEVER, compare it to the modern populist format, the low bandwidth mp3, and I much prefer tape. It has better dynamic range, and the flaws of its recordings are positive (warmth) rather than negative (compression artifacts). The convenience factor of mp3 will always win out, and I can't complain as I can now stream almost any album I can think of in redbook quality over my unlimited phone internet, but still, I find it difficult to call cassettes a duff format.