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US Legal Issues Section This section needs to be completely re-written or removed. It is massively biased. A proper section would mention court cases that actually protect the use of mix taping. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:35, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Old comments[edit]

There should maybe be another entry for the hip-hop mixtape, e.g. those by DJ Green Lantern and as discussed at Mkilly 01:09, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Why was Mixed track medium reverted to it's original name? (unsigned comment from anon)

Because the term "mixed track medium" seemed 100% made up to me. It has zero google hits, for starters. It's nice that you've tried to adress the percepted bias against more modern mediums than audio cassettes, but even modern homemade compilations on CD or MiniDisc are more commonly called "mixtape" than anything else - and even if that weren't true (and it could be, it's just based on my experience), they're certainly not commonly called "mixed track medium". -- grm_wnr Esc 11:50, 6 October 2005 (UTC)

"Buy mix tapes" links[edit]

Aren't commercial links off-limits? --FuriousFreddy 00:13, 25 December 2005 (UTC)

commercial links are off-limmits and should be deleted fast, especially if the link to crap like DJ Green Lantern "mixtapes". All Gangsta and Jiggy Pseudo Mix-Tapes Producer and Retailers > Please type in mixtapez on google and see who you will find on the top position ! Nobody needs that mixtape crap which is mostly released in the united states by crap djs with crap tracks . HipHop is nearly dead because of you. Check labels like defjux and discover djs like dj spooky .

So nerdy white kids that can't rock a party is "hip-hop"? HA! Nigga please.
WOW! someone gonna get it now

ALL of the commercial & illegal filesharing links need to be removed.

Also, please note, Hip Hop & rap are NOT the only kinds of music found in mixtapes! 13:46, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Im really not so sure on who decide what links goes up. But if a place like datpiff which offers links to download mixtapes is allowed how is that any less promoting their site, than me putting up my blog which Reviews mixtapes. The link wouldnt be redundant. - QBduckets

Requested move[edit]

I don't, actually, see the point. "Mixtape" gets 8M google hits; "Mix tape" gets 3M. I can't recall which variation Nick Hornby uses in his book (possibly even "mix-tape" which only muddies the waters further). As long as there is a redirect from the other variations here I don't see the need for a name change. Jgm 13:55, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

Both "mix tape" and "mixtape" are obviously in wide use and probably equally correct. Wikipedia has to pick one of them and stick to it. The writers of the article seem to have gone with "mix tape", while whoever named the article back in the day chose "mixtape". Redirects are fine, but this inconsistency is unnecessary and unprofessional, and should be fixed. Changing every "mix tape" into "mixtape" in the article is just as fine, of course. Consistency matters. Haakon 17:52, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
Since noone changed "mix tape" to "mixtape" in the article, I've moved. —Nightstallion (?) Seen this already? 11:45, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

Mean Streets?[edit]

I've never heard Mean Streets "cited as one of the first movie soundtracks to consist entirely of existing pop songs." The movie I've always heard talked about for that is Easy Rider, which fits that same bill and was released 4 years prior.-- 10:47, 23 April 2006 (UTC) <-- that was by me--Lairor 10:48, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

tributes to mix tapes in popular media?[edit]

any room for a short section on this?

only two i can think of at the moment are the tune "Mix Tape" by Jim's Big Ego (which sums up the modern day position of this otherwise obsolete media quite nicely and affectionately), and, well, the regular 94-minute "Mixtape" section of Zane Lowe's Radio 1 evening slot (they're so inventive with their names are they not!) whose basic premise is they come up with two 46-and-a-half minute runs of good, themed music... give you a five minute warning... slot in a blank cassette, press RECORD when prompted... swap over when it runs out... you get the idea. All very low tech, ends up with you getting chopped up snatches of the DJ talking, etc... but isn't that what it's all about, at the end of the day?

Cleanup tag[edit]

Bleh, somebody please remove all the "it can be argued that" or "it seems reasonable to conclude" and other such unencyclopedic phrases from the article--they are basically variants of "IMHO". Either its good information to include or its not--hence the be bold cliche. Sorry, I don't have the time to do it myself right now. Brentt 06:45, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Cite for mixtape quote[edit]

[[1]] —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:59, 19 December 2006 (UTC).

DJ Drama and DJ Cannon arrest[edit]

Something should be added about mixtape DJ's DJ Drama and DJ Cannon recent arrest for making and selling mixtapes.

Personics and 1+1[edit]

Should this article include information on commercial compilation tapes like Personics and Island's 1+1 cassettes (assuming we can track down more information on them)? Zagubov 19:33, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

GA sweep[edit]

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  • This article has been tagged for cleanup since September 2006.
  • The article reads like a personal essay and is seriously lacking citations.
  • It contains too many weasel terms such as: "The high point of traditional mixtape culture was arguably the publication of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity". Who argues that?
  • "Many commercially available compilations of pop music initially seem to share certain important characteristics with mixtapes." Original research? Who says so?

--Malleus Fatuorum (talk) 13:35, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Term "Mixtape" new?[edit]

In the 1980s when I made these tapes they were called "Mixed Tapes" the term "mixtape" seems to be a nostalgia term. Any comments? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:23, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

                • It is absolutely a nostalgia term. Except everything and anything retro is cool right now. So it's going to be super great if you're a musician and you put out a release available as a download from your website and you call it a "mixtape" Yet... it's not a mix of different artists... and it's not a tape. It's a download. It's like EP and LP. They used to mean something. But they don't anymore. - God —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:46, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

The only people who called them "mixed tapes" were our parents and other squares who didn't know any better. The proper term has always been "mix tape". (talk) 04:17, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Correct. The term was hugely used in the rave scene. hundreds of thousands if not millions of Mix Tapes were broadcasting DJs around the world. The term is Mix Tape. The spelling Mixtape seems to be a hip hop thing.Danceking5 (talk) 06:52, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Not correct - it is because America does not use hyphens and so it will only ever be "mix tape" or "mixtape". We called them mix-tapes in the very late 1970s, although more often just "I've made you a mix". Of course, if talking about it we would say "pass that mix (tape/cassette)" - my Dad used to make them back then for his mates. I made my first "mix-tape" in 1982 for a friend after they made one for me. I still have it some where, it even says "mix" on it.

Mix vs. Compilation / HipHop Mix Tapes[edit]

It seems like in the last decade or so the definition of mix tape has been confused with compilation tape. It has always been my understanding, and most everyone I know, that a mix tape is a tape (or CD) with songs that are MIXED together (I.E. blended/beat matched/continuous) NOT just a compilation of songs back to back. Or is that just a HipHop concept??? (talk) 04:27, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

The confusion is yours. A mix tape's origin is a compact CASSETTE tape containing a mixture of songs extracted from other sources (usually done to impress ones peers or girlfriend with ones album collection or knowledge of obscure connections between artists). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Inclusionist addition[edit]


I have added the other two terms, "mix-tape" and "mix tape".

It may be true that these terms are less used nowadays in print - and very difficult to search for through Google as it messes up when trying to add -"mix tape" and returns NO results, even though just "mix-tape" had returned results that used "mix-tape". Chaosdruid (talk) 23:28, 16 May 2014 (UTC)