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JVC Stops Making Standalone VCRs

We were fully prepared to start harshing on VHS as a dead-end technology that never went anywhere during its time in retail (as a joke, of course), and out of nowhere, a bona fide tear slowly ran down our left cheek. Today, friends, is a day worth remembering. Today truly marks the end of an era, and as far as we can tell, JVC really was the only company still producing standalone VCRs. Of course, the outfit will continue to serve customers with a need to play back VHS tapes by offering up DVD / VHS combo units, but those looking for a shiny new slice of retro in 2008 will be out of luck after remaining inventories dry up.

All told, over 900 million VCRs were produced worldwide, with 50 million of those boasting a JVC label. The iconic VCR has been around for over 30 years now -- here's hoping the videocassette lives on in your domicile in one form or another, even if it's just the resident dust collector. [Via Impress]

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