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Cassette Tapes

Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Techmoan takes a look at another fascinating bit of retro technology, an alternative approach to portable audio tapes that was being developed by Sanyo at the same time that Philips was working on the cassette tape. We love the heft of that old player.

Elbow Compact Cassette Player

Elbow Compact Cassette Player

A fantastic concept design for a cassette player with a slick and minimal playback mechanism. Sure, the sound quality of cassettes leaves a lot to be desired, but the sheer novelty of such a player might make us dig out our old ’80s mix tapes once again.

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Retro Tech: TEAC Open Cassette

Retro Tech: TEAC Open Cassette

Techmoan digs up all kinds of strange and wonderful “high-tech” stuff from the past. One of the crazier items has to be this cassette tape which defeated the entire purpose of a cassette, making you load in tiny reels of tape. Perhaps this was the precursor to the fidget spinner.

Deal: Cassette to MP3 Converter

Deal: Cassette to MP3 Converter
$44  Buy Comment

Got a bunch of old cassette tapes gathering dust in your closet? Take all your mixtapes and turn them into MP3s with this handy gadget, which connects to your PC or Mac and converts tapes into digital files. An autoreverse function lets you record both sides without stopping.

Retro Tech: The Analog iPod

Retro Tech: The Analog iPod

Techmoan checks out an awesomely complex bit of 1970s tech. The Panasonic RS-296US used a mechanical carousel filled with 20 extra-long cassette tapes to allow for up to 2.5 days of continuous music. There was no way to select individual tracks, but you could choose tapes.

B-Side Cassette Tape Table

B-Side Cassette Tape Table
$250  Buy Comment

A while back, we featured Taybles’ awesome, but pricey cassette tape coffee table. They recently launched a Kickstarter to bring down the cost so more of us can enjoy one, complete with the hidden compartment, drink holders, and dry erase top for customizing your mix.

Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Along with vinyl, cassette tapes are staging their own comeback, with ongoing interest from electronic musicians who find the analog sound and hiss complements rather than detracts from their music. The Vinyl Factory explores this growing movement. (Thanks Paul!)

Playing the ScrubBoard

Playing the ScrubBoard

Inventor and musician Jeremy Bell demonstrates the latest version of his musical instrument, a DIY rig that lets him scratch sounds from old magnetic cassette tapes, offering a cool alternative to playing on turntables.

Pause Cassette Bookmark

Pause Cassette Bookmark
$8  Buy Comment

Mix tape aficionados and children of the ’80s can keep the dream alive with a pair of Fred & Friends little magnetic bookmarks. Enjoy using the excess ribbon to mark your page, instead of attempting any more messy manual rewinds with a pencil.

GotG Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Tape

GotG Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Tape

It’s official. Disney will release a limited edition replica of the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape. It will be exclusive to Record Store Day outlets from 11/28 to 12/31 and will come with a digital copy of the album.

Cassette Prints

Cassette Prints
~$45-$70  Buy Comment

Neil Steven’s poster collection was inspired by 80s cassette tapes, with their sober typography and color palettes mixed with indecipherable marketing blurbs that only engineers would appreciate. Brings you back, doesn’t it?

Cassette Tape Table

Cassette Tape Table
$1,200-$1,500  Buy Comment

These cassette tape coffee tables made by Taybles can hold a lot of your favorite tapes and other stuff, thanks to steel cup holders and a drawer. Customize its parts to create your own mixtape.

Milktape

Milktape
$15  Buy Link Comment

Made for sharing mixtapes, the Milktape is a 128MB – yep, MB – USB drive in a blank cassette tape. It comes with two blank stickers and a plastic case. If only it were cheaper or had more storage.

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Mixtape Table

Mixtape Table

A 12:1 scale replica of a cassette tape made by Seattle-based woodworker Jeff Skierka. The table is made from recycled maple, walnut, lucite and a plexiglass top and has both A and B sides.

Cassette Tape Lamp

Cassette Tape Lamp
$1200  Buy Comment

An expensive homage to the iconic storage format. Designed by Transparent House, the Tape Lamp is made of 100 micro-cassette tapes and laser-cut plexiglass. Three 40-watt bulbs provide the light.

EOS Mixtape Watch

EOS Mixtape Watch
$165  Buy Comment

The cassette tape has become impractical in today’s gigabyte era, but this wristwatch shows how sexy and classy the ol’ tape can be. What are our kids going to make? A Blu-ray wristwatch?

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Self-taught artist Erika Iris Simmons, aka iRI5, creates works with a focus on recycling found materials. In this series she made a number of portraits of musicians from original cassette tapes.

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