@Pippinwhite -- I remember those days well. Remember recording most of one side of a tape and looking carefully at the remaining tape to see if we could squeeze just one more song on it before the tape ran out? It was a great day when 90-minute cassettes were released. That meant 45 minutes of music on each side. It was just about enough for most of an album on each side.
I also remember when the tape would break. So frustrating! You had to cut the tape so it would be even and then Scotch tape the ends together. You'd usually get a couple of seconds of drop out, but it was surprisingly little. Or winding the tape back taut inside the cassette with the barrel of a pen.
We were ingenious little rascals when it came to our music!