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First there was VHS. Then, there was Betamax (which lost to VHS). Then, there was LaserDisc. Then along came DVDs, which have slowly been giving way to Blu-ray. Now, there is the cassette tape.

Wait, what? We went backwards in time and also jumped from video formats to a format associated with music.

As crazy as it sounds, the geniuses over at Sony have figured out a way to store 185 terabytes of data on a single cassette tape. It uses a technology called sputter deposition in which – get ready for your eyes to cross – layers of magnetic crystals fire argon ions at a polymer film substrate. You follow? No? That’s okay, I don’t either.

The important thing to note is that 185 terabytes of data is a lot of data. As BGR points out, that’s the storage capacity of about 3,700 Blu-rays, all on one cassette tape. And to think, we used to waste them making mix tapes.

This technology has a long way to go before it finds itself in consumer hands. Sony has to find a way to take that magnetic tape and deliver it in a more practical package, but rest assured that they’re currently brainstorming a way to do just that.

With cloud storage taking off the way it is, it’s interesting to see Sony still working on hardware-based storage solutions. There’s no reason that the two can’t work in conjunction. It would be nice to carry around every bit of data you could ever need (and I mean ever) on something that can fit in your pocket.

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