By Andrew Liszewski
Yeah, I know, it’s not the most drool-worthy of gadgets, but since I’ve been asked a couple of times over the past few months to convert a cassette tape to MP3s, I figure it would be of interest to a handful of our readers. The rest of you can just move on.
The Tape2USB converter is a pretty basic device that allows you to convert an old-timey audio cassette to a digital audio file, presumably WAV, which can then be transferred to your PC via a USB connection. From there you can use the included Audacity software to edit the audio files, or even convert them to MP3s. What I find particularly interesting is that the Tape2USB even looks like the type of cassette player you’d find in the late 80’s, with the large ‘ka-chunk’ playback buttons and even a rolling analog counter with a reset button. Classic! But at $129.99 from Grace Digital Audio, you’re probably better off just wiring an old Walkman directly into your PC.