Lost in all of the excitement generated by the rapid growth of DVD is the continuing importance of prerecorded VHS tapes, especially in supermarkets. Many industry experts predict a rapid demise for VHS, but history indicates otherwise. For example, although long given up for dead, Sony officially discontinued the Betamax videotape format only this year. Meanwhile, audio cassettes continue to have their adherents despite being eclipsed by compact discs years ago, and even have a stronghold ...

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