Audio cassette inventor Lou Ottens dies at 94


Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, March 11  

Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer who invented the audio cassette, has died, reported BBC on Thursday. He was 94. 

Ottens died in his hometown, Duizel, last weekend. 

“Ottens became head of Philips’ product development department in 1960, where he and his team developed the cassette tape,” according to BBC. 

Ottens was also involved in the development of the compact disk. 

In interviews, Ottens acknowledged that audio cassettes were a “sensation” from day one. 

According to BBC, “an estimated 100 billion cassette tapes have been sold around the world since they were introduced in the 1960s”.

 



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