Two interesting aspects of cassette culture notable in this photo. First of all, the tape is being played in the car. For so many years, tape decks were the standard music technology that came in your vehicle. If you have an older car, you may very well STILL have the old tape deck in there. I have received several references to the fact that people have to hang on to at least SOME part of their old cassette collection, just so they have some tunes for road trips.
Secondly, the theme mix. This is apparently a “break up tape”. I have one of those noted on the picture of my collection I have added to the flickr group. Another popular one might be called the “mating ritual” mix as it was the beginnings and endings of relationships, that were so often marked by a mixtape.
All this from some rather generic looking compact cassette.