|Cassette systems enclose tape in a plastic housing which protects the media from contamination by dust and damage due to mishandling.|
|Several formats exist for audio cassette recording and playback.|
|The most common is the audio cassette designed by Philips in the '60s for consumer use.||With
the advent of video technology
digital audio tape recorders have been developed which
make use of the same kind of cassette housings and tape transports.
Systems which use video-type cassettes offer even greater protection from dust and fingerprints by use of a hinged door which remains closed while the tape is out of the recorder.
|The drawbacks of cassette systems are difficulties in editing and assembling selections.|