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Deadline Hollywood reports:

Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer who invented the cassette tape and helped develop the compact disc decades later, has died. He was 94. Amsterdam-based news outlet NRC Handelsblad confirmed the news but didn’t provide details.

Working to alleviate the challenge of huge reel-to-reel decks and the portability of recordings, Ottens began working on the audio cassette when he was named head of new-product development for Philips in the early 1960s. He used a pocket-size block of wood as a guide for the cassette’s future size and shape.

His brainchild would go on to account for sales of an estimated 100 billion units worldwide.

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