When Music Went Mobile with 8-Track Tapes

Recorded music made the first step in greater mobility when, on September 15, 1965, the Ford Motor Company offered 8-track cartridge players as an option in all its sports car Mustangs and Thunderbirds as well as luxury Lincoln vehicles. RCA Records soon after begins releasing its catalog on 8-tracks, and the other major labels follow suit. Over the next two years, auto companies start to offer the players as a factory installed option, and players for aftermarket installation are introduced. The 8-track becomes the option for listening to albums in vehicles and home players are introduced as a feature on many integrated home stereo systems… read more >

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