A cassette tape of songs that has been compiled and recorded by an individual rather than a record company. Currently (as of 1999 when I first wrote this writeup) more common than a mix CD because the equipment necessary to make a tape is cheaper.

One of the best culture-sharing gifts you can give to someone you'd like to get to know better - all it takes is one tape and a few hours of poring over the music you already own and deciding what you want to turn them on to.

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