When Did Compact Discs Begin To Outsell Cassette Tapes? Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – 1990 was the last year cassette tapes outdid Compact Discs in prerecorded music sales – 48.4% for cassettes vs. 42.5% for Compact Discs. From there – it was downhill.

Of course today – Compact Discs are starting to become passe. It’s getting around the 50% level – as compared to downloaded music.