Looking to transport your data around? A USB stick usually does the job, but what if you could fit 60 million songs on a device?
Well, that’s what Sony have done, as they’ve reinvented the cassette tape and made it possible to record more than 185 TB of data!
According to ITWorld, “by tweaking the sputter conditions and developing a soft magnetic underlayer on the film, the manufacturer was able to create a layer of fine magnetic particles with an average size of 7.7 nanometers.”
With the newly updated “sputter deposition” technology, these new tapes can hold the equivalent of:
- 3,700 Blu-ray discs (three discs worth of data per square inch)
- 11,840 16GB iPhone 5’s
- 60,000,000 songs (far more than anyone would be able to listen to in their lifetime)
Whilst these tapes might be great news for the tech industry, don’t ditch your iPod just yet – accessing data on a cassette takes a lot more time than your USB stick or flash drive, so don’t expect this to be of use to you until the technology is further advanced and commercialised.