A half track used the entire width of the tape to play or record; a quarter track used half the width of the tape and so would play or record in both directions. So half track used twice the tape quarter track did. All prerecorded tapes I ever had were quarter track; half track was for pro use or serious amateurs. They are the same as two track and four track, half track means that it used half the tape to record one channel and half the other, so it was called two track. Quarter track used 1/4 of the tape to record one channel of the music, you went to the end and then reversed the tape to get the other two tracks. So quarter track and 4 track are the same.
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