8-Tracks were originally manufactured by Motorola to give motorists an alternative to listening to the radio. Many record companies were quick to put their roster of artists onto 8-Tracks. Interestingly, 8-Tracks were almost unknown throughout Europe.
By the mid-1970s, record companies began to cease production of 8-Tracks because the quality was poor and the tapes were too bulky and inconvenient. 8-Tracks paved the way for 80s cassettes.