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Sony is taking us back in time, reinventing a cassette tape that can store a mind-blowing amount of data. This tape...
Sony is taking us back in time, reinventing a cassette tape that can store a mind-blowing amount of data. This tape is not like those plastic ones that once amused us during very long road-trips: remember--the ones we were often forced to rewind with a pencil?
This cassette packs a record-breaking magnetic tape which allows you to store 180 terabytes of data on a single cartridge. This amount of storage is comparable to an iPod Classic’s capacity (about 1,184 songs) or that of Apple's music player, which has space for about 40,000 songs. Sony's new cassette is capable of storing about 47.3 million songs. More than enough for an old-school road trip, right?
If you are more of a movie fan, this is what you should take into consideration: The cartridge that stores 148GB of data per inch of tape also has capacity for 3,700 Blu-ray discs’ worth full of your favourites. This number has defeated the record set in 2010, when Fuji made a tape that could hold 35 terabytes of data. Sony's new tool was presented during the weekend at InterMag Europe, a magnetics conference in Germany.
Basically, Sony's new technology includes shrinking the microscopic magnetic particles on tape that store data. On average, the new particles are 7.7 nanometers wide and there are 10 million nanometers in one centimeter.
The tape has the potential for great data storage, but it's still not possible to be used in everyday life. In a new release, Sony announced that it is planning to pursue commercial uses for the tape and improve it further. So, it is more than possible that the tape will be used to back up huge databases rather than play our music collections on our cross-country drives.