The mixtape

On a mixtape, you had to get the tracks in the right order, depending on what effect you were attempting to induce in the recipient. Was this a declaration of love, or simply a demonstration of your irreducible coolness when it came to good music?

Cassette tapes

They were portable. You could listen to music in your bedroom, take the tape into the car, drive to your friend’s house, listen to the music there. All very convenient for those of us who couldn’t afford to employ a small orchestra to accompany us as we went about our daily lives.