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ggw

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Cassette Owners Rejoice
« on: June 10, 2005, 09:47:00 am »
You Refused to Junk Your Cassette Tapes. Smile Smugly.
 ADAM BAER
 
 As cassette tape decks faded from the standard lineup of home audio equipment, it appeared that a generation's mix-tape memories might be headed the way of the vinyl disc and eight-track. But a new product from the Korean company BTO promises to help cassette fans resurrect their 80's glory days.
 
 The $150 PlusDeck2, available from online gadget stores listed at plusdeck.com, is a cassette deck the size of an internal CD-ROM drive that pops into any desktop PC's 5.25-inch drive bay. It can turn your beloved tapes into MP3's - or, for true retro music fans, record MP3's onto blank cassettes (which, by the way, remain cheap, light, slim and droppable).
 
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 The deck includes installation and music software on CD-ROM, as well as cables and a connection card. You can use simple manual buttons on the device's face, or operate it with the software, which mimics the look of a tape player.
 
 The deck also allows you to play tapes through your computer. But its most important feature may be validation: pack rats who saved hundreds of tapes, to the annoyance of their significant others, will suddenly seem to be masters of foresight. ADAM BAER

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Re: Cassette Owners Rejoice
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2005, 09:54:00 am »
Oh my.  I may have to look into that.

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2005, 10:02:00 am »
wow this is a great idea and a very reasonable price... would dig trying it out!  hmmm birthday coming up....
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Re: Cassette Owners Rejoice
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005, 10:14:00 am »
Now if only the gods would bless us with a similar invention for 8-tracks...

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2005, 10:17:00 am »
kinda wish it used USB connector for an external drive... the lack of Mac support doesn't bother me as i'm thinking about a windoze laptop these days...
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2005, 10:26:00 am »
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Originally posted by ggw?:
  The deck includes installation and music software on CD-ROM...
Love that bit of irony.
 
 Funny, I originally went to college in the early 80s as a computer science major who was interested in applying computer technology to stereo equipment. Here we are twenty years later and the mergence gets closer to complete every day. Oh, why did I drop out...  :(

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2005, 10:45:00 am »
Wow, that would be perfect for me, especially as I'm about to move and have to consider whether I take along the 400 cassettes I have (many can be trashed as I have the CDs by now or just don't care, but those mixes and hard to find albums from the mid to late 80s....).
 
 So is this not compatible with Mac?   :(

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2005, 11:00:00 am »
How is this different than running an RCA cable from your tape deck to your sound card? You can still download software that will splice up tracks based on silences. This just seems to take up a drive bay and cost more with no real advantages, unless I'm missing something.

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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2005, 11:04:00 am »
the company doesn't have Mac or Linux software yet, although they are "working" on it...
 
 maybe i should start a home business coverting mixtapes...
 
 and kosmette is in the process of trying to convert her mixtapes to iPod playlists... but shes  got wish lists setup with Djangos and the Kosmo CD buying service
 
 while this can be done with a good soundcard, stream ripping sw and a cassette deck it's nice to be able to control the cassette directly via the pc.  the other method requires editing sound files which gets tedious...
T.Rex

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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2005, 11:08:00 am »
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Originally posted by bellenseb:
  How is this different than running an RCA cable from your tape deck to your sound card? You can still download software that will splice up tracks based on silences. This just seems to take up a drive bay and cost more with no real advantages, unless I'm missing something.
i think the advantage is being able to control the cassette with the computer...
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Re: Cassette Owners Rejoice
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2005, 02:50:00 pm »
<DROOL> I have a lot of old bootlegs on tape that would be great to turn into MP3s. I say goddamn!

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2005, 04:25:00 pm »
I know someone who has a baziillion tapes she would go nuts for this..

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2005, 12:43:00 am »
the problem with cassette playback is the azimuth of the head.  you probably will not the optimum performance out of this unit.

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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2005, 12:52:00 am »
when i've converted analog stuff i've run it from a pretty good tape deck into an analog>digital converter and then into my digital sound card and did editing myself and such.  i'm not sure i would ever use a device such as that.

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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2005, 10:55:00 am »