The eight Track tape recording system was in vogue from 1965 to about 1977. While today it has become an icon of obsolescence, it was a great commercial success and paved the way for all sorts of innovations in portable listening. The eight track tape consisted of an endless loop of standard 1\/4-inch magnetic tape, housed in a plastic cartridge. https:\/\/youtu.be\/XLZS0Sj9-1U On the tape were eight parallel soundtracks, corresponding to four stereo programs. For many people old enough to have owned an eight track system, it is a technology associated with the automobile and in-car listening. Ironically, however, it was first developed not by the auto industry, but by a leading aircraft manufacturer: the Learjet Corporation. If you\u2019re among the masses using a smartphone to listen to music on the go, you might scoff at the notion of toting around clunky eight-track tapes of your favorite songs. But before video killed the radio star or digital transformed the way we store songs, our music came from plastic cartridges you\u2019d pop into a Stereo 8. And if you were lucky enough to have the factory-optional upgrade, you had one mounted on your car\u2019s center console. At the time, records were great but they lacked the portability of an eight-track cassette. The eight-track tape was just one object, says Buck Burnett, who owns the Dallas-based Eight Track Museum, the world\u2019s first institution of its kind. https:\/\/youtu.be\/UDueID5krPY You shove it in, you pull it out, and it\u2019s the exact size of your hand. Many claimed the sound faded out between songs or that you could hear a loud click while the song was playing, but, judging by Burnett\u2019s success, the obsession never subsided. https:\/\/youtu.be\/RYi1i02CrvY Here\u2019s a quick look at the history of the anomalous eight-track: 1. Richard Kraus initially designed the eight-track technology while working under Bill Lear for his Lear Jet Corporation in 1963. The first Stereo 8 player was named the Lear Jet Stereo 8. 2. Instead of sides, eight-tracks had four different programs.\u009d 3. Country music tapes are the most common kind of eight-track. 4. The Beatles' record label put out about 25 Beatles eight-tracks after the band broke up. 5. The rarest eight-track is a Frank Sinatra album recorded with the Brazilian jazz musician Antnio Carlos Jobim, called Sinatra\/Jobim. The reason why it's so rare? Sinatra ordered all of the copies to be destroyed and only about five survived. It's worth $5,000. Related:\u00a0Total Rewind: The Life Of The Cassette,\u00a0The Last Cassette Factory I love the good ol' phonograph! Nothing is better than a vinyl. Do you agree? Share your comments in the section below. https:\/\/youtu.be\/meWD7QNDbIM 8-Track tapes were the best, I remember growing my collection to over 100 during the 1970's. "Brandy" by Looking Glass was one of my favorites, and it had to make our list for best one-hit wonders. Here's our Top 10 Most Influential 1970's One-Hit Wonders, enjoy.