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This Cassette Tape Simulator Makes Your MP3s Sound Like You’re Listening to a Retro Walkman

Released in 1979, the original Sony Walkman completely changed how people listened to music. Your tunes were free to go anywhere—and sound like complete garbage. The quality of music on cassette tapes can’t compete to today’s digital formats, but if people still like the sound of crackly records, surely there are people who miss the acoustic aesthetics of cassette tape. Read More >>

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Princess Diana’s Lionel Richie Cassette Tapes go on Public Display

Buckingham Palace is opening its doors to the public tomorrow, as the annual Royal Collection show gets underway. The Queen's using her stand in a bit of the room to show off some of the presents she's been given from overseas visitors, while a separate area in the palace's Music Room concentrates on artifacts left from the time of Princess Diana. Read More >>

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We Just Reached Peak Urban Outfitters With a Cassette-Playing Turntable

Are you happy now, hipsters? Instead of walking away from your fashionable fad at its peak hipness, you’ve let it linger long enough to become a consumer commodity. Not only is Urban Outfitters thriving, it’s now spawning unholy consumer electronics like this cassette-playing turntable. Read More >>

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Cassettes Should Stay Dead

Urban Outfitters, one of the largest vinyl sellers, began a new push last week to sell cassettes, including exclusive pressings from Run the Jewels and Halsey. Read More >>

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Sony Crams 3,700 Blu-rays’ Worth of Storage in a Single Cassette Tape

Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don't get much love. That's a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data. Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes. Read More >>

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Easily Update Ancient Stereos With ION Audio’s Bluetooth Cassette

You may have convinced your parents to upgrade to a smartphone or a tablet, but that monstrous ancient stereo system in their living room that served them well in the 1980s isn't going anywhere. Thankfully, ION Audio's new Cassette Adapter Bluetooth is an easy way to get their old and modern technology to work in harmony. Read More >>

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Sony’s Putting Its Handheld Cassette Recorders In That Old Junk Drawer In the Sky

It's the end of an era. Or more accurately, it's effectively been the end of an era for a while and this is another part of it. In early 2013, Sony will stop producing its three remaining models of handheld cassette recorders, meaning first the Walkman and now its cousins are on their final march to death. Read More >>

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Watch This Army Of Cassette Tape Players Sing a Song of Days Gone By

Remember cassette tape players? Unlike the mp3 players so prevalent today, they didn't just play music; they made some white noise too. This art installation called Binatone Galaxy by Stephen Cornford takes advantage of that fact to create a neat but eerie soundscape that's totally living in the past. So take a little trip back to the days of the Walkmen and be thankful you don't have to tape songs off the radio anymore. [Co.Design] Read More >>

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Cassette-Themed Moleskines Are a Lovely Obituary For a Dead Medium

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the compact audio cassette tape—which was invented by Philips back in 1962—Moleskine is releasing a line of notebooks featuring debossed color graphics on the cover making them look like tiny recorders. Read More >>

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Turn Your iPod Into an Old School Cassette Player With a Square Card Reader

If it works as claimed, here's a fascinating hack for anyone still in love with the analogue sound from audio tape. With some simple modifications, Evan Long managed to turn an iPod Touch and a Square credit card reader into a rudimentary cassette player. Read More >>