It was the German half-band, half-vinyl music format that never took off


Maybe Tefifon was doomed from the start. But it was so amazing, and so German.

Tefifon was a non-magnetic plastic tape with engravings used to play music – a kind of low-tech cassette that played like a vinyl record. Sold primarily in Germany, the device was first developed as an inexpensive recording medium for the military before becoming a mainstream device. The sound quality couldn’t match vinyl, but the storage medium had one remarkable feature – it could store up to 4 hours of music.

According to the Museum of Obsolete Media, most record companies were disinterested in the device, meaning the format was mainly used by small-run labels and cheap cover compilations. Now Tefifon is an artifact from a bygone era that likely won’t see a vinyl-style revival. But it’s still cool to remember a relic from the format war:

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