Re: Reel To Reel Tapes Released For Consumers

Michael K

The use of the terms "2 Track" and "4 Track" was an industry marketing strategy when 4-track (or 1/4 track) tapes were introduced in 1959. It was a way to distinguish between the two formats.  I think it was easier for consumers to imagine 4 separate tracks on a tape (i.e. 4-track) than to imagine what a 1/4 track meant.

It should be noted that, in fact, each track on a 2-track tape occupied about 1/3 of the tape width.

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