April 11 is 8-Track Cassette Tape Day:
Bulky plastic cartridges that got tangled, mangled, and were sensitive to dust and temperature — the 8-track tape, the precursor to the cassette tape, the CD, and the MP3. Its chunkiness was rivaled only by that of the VHS tape. But they were a cutting edge at the time.
~ William Powell Lear, the man behind LearJet, was the inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape system.
~ The 8-Track tape player was commonly used in Movie Theaters in the 1920′s through 60′s.
~ Both the four-track and eight track tape were made popular by the Ford Motor Company, In 1965 Ford introduced factory-installed eight track tape players options on three of its 1966 models—The Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln.
~ Home players for the 8 track tapes were introduced in 1966 this was the first time music could be shared between homes and portable systems. The boom box became popular around this time.
~ The last commercial 8 track cassette released by a major label, was Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits in November 1988.