In spite of the great popularity of CDs, many people still prefer audio cassettes above CD’s, especially when it comes to listening to audio books.
Here are some reasons why:
1. Audio books on audio cassette contain as much as 90 minutes of content but on CD format they are restricted to no more than 75 minutes of narration. It is possible I know, to have the entire audio book spread out over a number of CDs, but you would then have to carry around a number of CDs for each audio book. So, while you might need a few audio cassettes for a particular audio book, you would need many more CDs for the same audio book.
2. People don’t like to spend the extra needed to buy CD audio books when they can get them for less in audio cassette format. An example being, the full-length version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on 12 audiotapes can be bought for just $ 31.96 on the Barnes & Noble website, the CD version at Barnes & Noble costs almost twice as much as that amount – exactly $ 55.96 for 17 sets of CDs! Of course, its not that they are ripping you off – it’s just that it costs much more to produce CDs than it does to produce audio cassettes.
3. If you turn off your CD player whilst listening to an audio book, you will not pick up listening from the same spot that you turned off . With a cassette of course, you will continue from the exact position that you finished listening. With CDs it used be exasperating when listening to them in your vehicle because, every time that you turn off your car, it would mean having to start at the beginning of the audio book and trying to establish exactly where you were before you stopped your car. Of course with the more modern and advanced CD players they now save your precise location in the audio book as you turn off your car, thereby allowing you to take up again from the exact same spot that you left off. This won’t work when you turn off the car AND take out the CD. But it will work with an audio cassette!
4. Audio books are in the main narration, but many users don’t see why they should pay extra buying CDs for better recording quality when they can get near enough the same sound quality with audio cassettes.
The debate is that if it was just sound “quality” they wanted, they would go for audio books in CD format, but sound quality is virtually the same with audio cassettes and CDs when it comes to audio books.
However with the advances in computers and their increased mobility and compactness the future popularity of audio books looks assured.
The Audio Book Shop
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