When I was a kid (And this will really show my age) it was common for someone to create a “mixed tape” for another person.
While I’m sure you’ve all heard about this, since they were mainly around before most of you (tumblrites) were born, it is probably still a bit of a foreign concept to you (much like the eight track is for me).
A mixed tape was recorded on a cassette tape. Some tape decks were nifty and had two slots for a tape, so you could play one tape, and record whatever was being played onto another. It was simple. Not all stereos had this capability, though. If you only had one tape deck, you would set your stereo to radio, then record directly from the radio onto the cassette tape (you got used to listening to your favorite song with the DJ speaking over the first few seconds).
I’m not saying I download music- because I am a musician and like to support the arts as much as possible, but the question can still be asked: What’s the difference between downloading a song, and making a mixed tape onto a cassette tape?