I say good riddance!
I did not realize that people were genuinely nostalgic for cassette tapes until I read this Cracked.com article. As someone who wrestled with cassette tapes all throughout the 80s all I can say is, "What????"
So much was wrong with cassettes. First and most obvious, it was a consumable item. Each time you played a tape, a little tiny bit of the silver oxide was worn off the tape itself. If you played a tape too many times, it gradually lost sound quality. Eventually it became unlistenable. And this process didn't take too much, either. I can think of several cassettes I had to re-buy after listening them to death.
And that's not counting the various misfortunes that could befall a cassette. If you paused it too many times - or for too long - in the same spot, that spot became a little bit more worn than the rest of the tape. This eventually became audible. And if you did it too much, the tape would literally break right there.
Oh yes, and let's not forget that the device you used to play this media would, on occasion, destroy it. You knew it was time to buy a new boom box when your current one ate up the tape that was playing. Sure, you could pull the tape out of its guts and spool it back on. But it never sounded the same. You basically had to throw that tape away and buy a new one.
Imagine an iPod that periodically ate your MP3. Or a CD player that would occasionally destroy your CD. There is a reason we moved to these new platforms!
Another thing I won't miss from the cassette days was what happened in winter. If you lived in a cold climate (as I did), when you went out to your car in the morning, you couldn't just pop the tape into the deck and start playing it on your way to work or school. No, because cassettes were weirdly vulnerable to cold. A too-cold tape would sound super warbled and probably break.
If you were smart, you brought your tapes into the house overnight. But you never remembered. Instead, we drove around with cassettes in our armpits to warm them up before we could play them. It's barbaric!
Cassettes were also the worst as far as skipping songs went. At least with records, you could kind of judge by the grooves where a song ended. Later media let you just press a button to skip a song. With cassettes, you had to push down the fast forward button and hope you got your timing right. (You never did.)
RIP cassettes, and good riddance!