(SPOT.ph) Streaming might be the main way we listen to music now, but old school never loses its cool. We all know vinyl never really left, but it looks like cassette tapes are also making a huge comeback. Sales in 2018 saw a huge rise in both the U.S. and the U.K., with artists like The 1975, Prodigy, Kylie Minogue, and Ariana Grande topping the chart—yes, she might be younger than the actual format, but Grande has put her music on tape. The fad might soon reach a global scale, too, with Hong Kong-based company NINM Lab upping the nostalgia factor with It's OK, the world's first Bluetooth portable cassette player.
The retro-inspired player will be compatible with your headphones or Bluetooth speakers, and will come with a blank cassette tape that you can use to record about 60 minutes of audio. It also sports a transparent cover, made specially so you could watch the little spools whirring about while listening to your music. The project has already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, and NINM Lab promises to start shipping globally from Hong Kong in December 2019.
This might just be the perfect time to unearth your old cassettes, or you could also listen to today's hits on the classic format. Aside from Ariana Grande's hit "Thank U, Next," Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa released "One Kiss" on tape in 2018. Not to be missed are, of course, both Awesome Mix Tapes from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks.
Main image from NINM Labs It's OK - Kickstarter.