With the move to cloud and digital content that's taken the world by storm, older technologies have fallen by the wayside. The problem, though, is that there are still plenty of great pieces of content that are relegated to VHS, film reels, cassette tapes, and records. Today in my Ask Andru column, we have a question from Janine, a kindergarten teacher who wants to know how to convert her books on cassette over to a digital format. Let's jump into it.
Q: I listen to your show and really enjoy all your tips. I teach Kindergarten and have many books on cassettes that my students love listening to. Some of the cassettes are getting a bit worn. So I thought I could convert them over to CDs instead of buying new books with CDs. Do you have any suggestions on what would be the best way to do this that is affordable?
Combine retro with modern by using this as an MP3 or Cassette Player that you load with an SD/MMC card (max.2GB.) At a size of 63 x 102 x 11.5mm, it runs on a built-in 450mAh lithium battery rechargeable by USB and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP. The player also has repeat/playback mode and a 7 button interface. The device comes with ear plugs and USB adapter at a price of $36.82.
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For those who have an aging car with only a cassette player, Flexii’s MP3 Player can be put into it and play your tunes. It can also be used as a standalone player and a PC card reader. The device runs on built-in rechargeables, has a repeat playback mode, and is compatible with SD/MMC cards (max. 2GB.) The player supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista, comes with an earphone, car and AC chargers, and USB cable with a $34.99 price.
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While we know that most people are into the MP3 experience, many of the
“earlier” generation still use cassettes for recording and duplication. Besides, if you head into any bargain aisle, you can get some decent prices on tapes. Sony has issued the CDF-W77, a dual dubbing tape recorder with AM/FM tuner. In case you have some of both or want to take the plunge in digital music, there is a CD player included. The CDF is available for €100 (~$146.00,) at this point only in Japan.
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Remember mixtapes? Not playlists burned to a CD, but real mixtapes on cassette, passed around among friends or maybe given to your crush. All the thought that went into choosing the songs, the agonizing over what to put on the cover, the finger crossing that the last track wouldn’t get cut off due to the tape ending… Mixtapes were awesome. Well, we’re not here to start a revolution (not a cassette revolution, at least), so here’s the next best thing.
The Mixtape USB Memory Stick has a capacity of 64 mb, which translates to about 12 tracks or 1 hour of music - just enough to get your point across musically. The stick comes packaged in a gift box designed to look like an honest-to-goodness mixtape. There’s even dedicated space to write out the track listing by hand, and spots to fill in To: and From:, so your BFF or crush never forgets who used those Phil Collins tracks to express their true feelings. Design house SUCK UK is responsible for this bit of retro brilliance.
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We love this idea for a 1GB USB flash drive for holiday gift-giving. The drive housing is designed to look like a cassette tape and you can create the Mixa’s look with your own style. Choose from ready-made images on their site or come up with one of your own. Available in black or white, the device comes with an extension cable at a MSRP of $41.00. Just make sure whoever you give it to doesn’t put it into their old cassette player and push rewind.
TEAC’s GF-650 Retro Stereo System allows you to turn your old LPs into a CD collection. The player/recorder can deal with up 32 tracks of music that can shuffle or repeat. The auto-return turntable can handle 33 1/3 and 45 records and is compatible with T4P mount (P-mount,) and let us not forget the AM/FM tuner with horizontal scale rotary volume control. Just in case you have audio from cassettes that you want to transfer, there is also an auxiliary input. Stereo speakers and remote completes the 18 7/8 x 9 1/8 x 15-inch system contained in a 30’s style black wood grain cabinet which will set you back $449.98. You might have to eBay off one of your old LPs just to pay for it.
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It almost frightens us that this tote bag is already considered retro. Carry all your hi-tech gadgets in the low-tech Classic Cassette Tote that measures 16 x 10.25 x 4.5-inches. It is made of non-woven flexible plastic to keep your iPod, iPhone, and any other iGadgets safe and dry. The handles resemble unraveling tape and the bag is available for $14.99 from perpetual kid. At least there is no rewinding involved, but merely unwinding on your next trip to the beach.
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We love the 80’s, and if you’re a certain age, you’ll remember the 80’s were the era of boom boxes, Walkmans and cassette tapes. That’s why the Gold Cassette Belt Buckle brings a poignant tear to our eye. It’s a shiny, 18K gold-plated/filled real cassette tape, and the insides actually twist! Comes with a black or brown belt. At $210 USD we think it’s a little pricey, but just think of the wistful smiles you’ll generate as you strut down the street.
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