But wasn't that when everyone still had cassette players? Looking at Wikipedia, the Tinky Winky thing was from 1999. Is that the time period you're talking about? Cassettes were no longer a mainstream way to release new music at that point, but people were still using them for mixtapes and to distribute bootlegs. I remember used music sales having big tables of bootleg cassettes. I had a Black Sabbath bootleg that I bought at a one of those, and I know that I didn't get into them before summer/fall 1998, so that's pretty contemporary.