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Some Design Considerations of the 8-Track Endless Loop Magnetic Tape Cartridge and Player

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This paper deals primarily with observations and measurements pertaining to the operation of a continuous-loop type of cartridge that utilizes an internal pressure roller and a magnetic tape one quarter inch wide, with eight recorded tracks operating at a tape speed of 3 3/4 ips. Observations and measurements show that acceptable results can be obtained with narrow, closely spaced magnetic tracks when due consideration is given to the design aspects of the cartridge and player.

JAES Volume 15 Issue 1 pp. 29-33; January 1967
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