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[ARSCLIST] Magnetic Tape Terminology

Question for today: what, if anything, is the physical difference between a "channel" and a "track" when speaking about magnetic tape? Are the terms just used to describe different ways in which the same physical phenomenon (separate bands of information on the magnetic tape) can be employed, or is there not even a difference on that level?


Christie Peterson
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