Auction 47 Fixed price Amazon 9 eBay 47 Gumtree 3. Japan 4 Togo 2 United kingdom 2. Album 5 Ep 1 Lp 1. Doo wop 3 8 track cassette 1 Sing-along 1 Story 1. Refine your search. Sort by. Sort by most relevant Sort by most relevant. Sort by highest price first. Sort by lowest price first. Sort by newest results first. Sort by oldest results first. All All. In , 8-tracks were rarely being made.
They could still be bought through mail order record clubs until Today there are still a small number of people who collect 8 tracks. The 8-track had many problems. The mixing process for producing quadraphonic media varied between titles. As was the case with many early stereo recordings, some producers opted for a hard separation between channels, such as an individual instrument or vocal being assigned to only one track of the four, while other producers chose to mix in content from the other channels to create more of a balance.
A few producers created mixes in which the four output channels would pan in sequence through the four source channels to create a rotating sensation. The rarely-heard effect was spectacular, but as there was no technology to produce this automatically, it would require two mixing engineers who, with practice, could coordinate their efforts to create the effect.
Due to this challenge, few songs were created with this effect. In , the Mego Corporation launched the 2-XL toy robot, which was similar. The compact cassette arrived in ,  and by the late s the eight-track cartridges had greatly diminished in popularity. In some Latin American countries as well as European, the format was abandoned in the mids in favor of the smaller cassette tape which was one-third the size.
In the U. Radio Shack Tandy Corporation continued to sell blank eight-track cartridges for home recording use under its Realistic brand until The professional broadcast cart format survived for more than another decade for jingles, advertisements, station identifications, and limited music content at most local radio stations, before being replaced by computer-generated sound in the s.
It persisted for relatively short sound loops where starting from the beginning was more important than other criteria. The endless loop tape concept continued to be used in newer movie projectors , though their tape spool is actively rotated and not drawn by tension on the film.
That technology is now being supplanted by digital cinema. In the Cousino, Eash, Muntz, and Lear cartridges, tape was pulled from the center of the reel, passed across the opening at one end of the cartridge and wound back onto the outside of the same reel.
The spool itself was freewheeling and the tape was driven only by tension from the capstan and pinch roller. With a reel turning at a constant rate, the tape around the hub has a lower linear velocity than the tape at the outside of the reel, so the tape layers must slip past each other as they approach the center. The tape was coated with a slippery backing material, usually graphite and patented by Bernard Cousino, to ease the continuous slip between the tape layers.
While the design allowed simple, cheap, and mobile players, unlike a two-reel system, it did not permit rewinding of the tape. Some players offered fast-forward by speeding up the motor while cutting off the audio. Muntz's cartridge had used two pairs of stereo tracks in the same configuration as then-current "quarter track" reel-to-reel tapes.
This format was intended to parallel his source material, which was usually a single LP long playing record with two sides. North America. Delivery Options see all. Free Shipping. Free In-store Pickup. Show only see all. Returns Accepted. Completed Items. Sold Items. Ford fitted the first 8-track tape players in their cars in , and optional 8-track players were available in many cars and trucks through to the early s. Eight-track players became less common in homes and vehicles in the late s when audio compact cassettes were used more widely.
The most common shell type is the Audiopak , made by Capitol. Another shell type is the Lear Jet shell. The 8-tracks themselves will have front and back covers made of labels adhered to the plastic, with the back cover being a song listing on a green background. Early copies have white shells. Green-back labels were used until and were used on the later black plastic shells.
All shells issued in this period were white. The green back was phased out and replaced with a white back which was usually rimmed in red or pink.Used & Vintage Stereo 8-Track Cartridge Tape Decks. Fully Tested by Qualified personnel with over 58 years combined experience! Ready to GO! 90 day Warranty! Great for media transfer to CD ROM or Hard Drive. 8-Track Tape decks.