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Article Title

The Audio Format War

Abstract

Recently, two new music carriers have made their way on to the market, both vying to replace the common cassette tape which has been in use for thirty years. These new formats are Phillps/Matsushita's digital compact cassette (DCC) and Sony's mini disc (MD). Both companies have invested large sums of money into the development and marketing of these products. Both are aiming their product at the same market, wanting their format to be a companion to the recently established compact disc (CD), the accepted standard playback medium. The new formats would be its more compact, recordable, robust cousin, convenient but of a slightly lower sound quality than CD yet better than the analogue tape it would hope to replace.

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