Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

  • John Eargle


Since the introduction of the CD in 1983, consumers have wondered when a digital tape Standard would complete the digital picture, so to speak, and provide an alternative to the analog cassette. The R-DAT (rotary head digital audio tape) Standard was promulgated during the mid-1980s, and it has encountered hard going as a consumer medium. It is expensive; but what is more to the point, the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) has vigorously opposed its importation from Japan into the United States on the grounds that it will further erode music Copyright interests by providing a “virtually oerfect” method for the consumer to CODV CDS.


Optional Track Sony Corporation Consumer Medium Tape Speed Editing Format 


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  1. 1.
    Anon, “DAT: Where it Stands and How it Will Work, ” AudioVideo International (January 1990).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Operation Manual for PCM-2000 Audio Recorder, Sony Corporation, Teaneck, N.J. (1988).Google Scholar

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