And now, as far as we are concerned, the Audio tape is completely history.
Neither the home stereo nor any of the 3 vehicles we have contain a cassette player anymore. All are straight CD. The cars can also play MP3 music as well, which is a big plus. The van got it's CD player years ago and so can only play regular audio disks, but we seldom use it so that's ok.
Thanks to my ripflash 2 from pogoproducts, I am now converting all of the aging cassette tapes we have to MP3's so they can be put in the new format, which is also incidentally a lot more resistant to heat damage. I can also put two weeks worth of Howard Stern on a single CD, so martes can now have all the Howard she could ever want.