Here’s another lost music playback device, meaning a gadget introduced by the consumer electronics industry that went nowhere. In the 90s, we started hearing about something called Digital Compact Cassette or “DCC” for short. These things looked like regular cassettes and cassette machines but were capable of recording material digitally. In other words, they were a cassette version of the slightly older Digital Audio Tape technology. Manufacturers tried to sell the public on the fact that DCC machines could be both digital and analogue with an ability to play back old-school cassettes. It sounded like a grand idea at the time, but this technology came off the heels of the recording industry suing DAT machine manufacturers into oblivion. Some DCC recorders made it into stores but they soon quickly disappeared. A final look at dead formats next time.