TDK D FREE - 1985 - EU
Totally NOT FREE! Read on...
NOTE: This Cassette is an unusual issue by TDK probably intended for Retail Stores outside of the US (my guess). It reads "FREE Listen and Wipe Audio Tape, NOT FOR SALE". Decently clean on the front but very scuffed in the back. Unusual clear shells for 1985.
Please do not pay too much attention to the price listed here. I have no idea what it's worth. I will be putting it on eBay for a starting price of $12.95 CAD (9.65 USD), and you can set its final price. Listed Feb .12, 2023
SOLD on eBAY: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/165931821678 for $9.65 USD! You snooze, you lose! This was probably a one of a kind Tape!
Made in Japan.
TDK was founded in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 December 1935 to manufacture the iron-based magnetic material ferrite, which had been recently invented by Yogoro Kato and Takeshi Takei. In 1952 and 1957 they began production of magnetic tapes, with compact cassette tapes following in 1966; it is for these that the company is most widely noted. TDK used to manufacture an extensive portfolio of magnetic and optical media, including several formats of videotape and blank CD-R and recordable DVD discs until the recording business was sold to Imation in 2007.
Operations in the USA began in 1965 with a New York City office, and European operations began in 1970 with an office in Frankfurt, West Germany.
Since 1997 TDK has gradually withdrawn from the production of compact cassettes. First with the MA-X and AR ("Acoustic Response"), then the AD ("Acoustic Dynamic") and SA-X line in 2001 and 2002 respectively, then the MA ("Metal Alloy") line in 2004. The SA ("Super Avilyn") and D ("Dynamic") lines were withdrawn in 2012 under Imation ownership. Industry trends see the company moving into new forms of media; in 2004 TDK was the first media manufacturer to join the companies developing BD post-DVD technology. TDK operated a semiconductor division in California for about a decade, but divested it in 2005.
In late 2007, Imation acquired TDK's recording business, including flash media, optical media, magnetic tape, and accessories, for $300 million. This also included a license to use the "TDK Life on Record" brand on data storage and audio products for 25 years. In September 2015, Imation announced that it had agreed to relinquish this license and would cease selling TDK-branded products by the end of the year.
TDK D FREE - Made in Japan.