Turn Your Shameful 8-Track Player Into an iPod Dock You Can Be Proud Of

If you have an old 8-track player you've been holding onto and feel like leapfrogging a few generations of music media altogether, here's a handy guide on turning that old piece of junk into a shiny new iPod dock. » 2/19/10 6:00pm 2/19/10 6:00pm

Homemade Portable 8-Track Player May Be the Pinnacle of the Format

Sure, a portable 8-track walkman is a completely ludicrous idea, but you've gotta love that someone went through the effort to actually make one. It's far from pocket-sized, but it's probably the most portable 8-track player ever. [Instructables via Make] » 7/23/09 12:50pm 7/23/09 12:50pm

Cheap Trick Releases Newest Album on 8-Track Cassette

How's this for lucky timing! In the midst of our Gizmodo '79 theme week, legendary power-pop act Cheap Trick is releasing their latest album (coincidentally entitled The Latest) on a very late-'70s medium: 8-track cassette. » 7/16/09 10:00am 7/16/09 10:00am

Lightning Review: Panasonic Quadraphonic Turntable and GE 8-Track…

The Gadgets: Panasonic's SL-850 quadraphonic turntable, featuring the unusual 4.0 discrete-channel format for stereo-besting sound. (As the brochure says, "In the real world, sound comes from literally every direction.") Plus, GE's 4-Channel Receiver, with a built-in 8-track cassette player. » 7/14/09 9:00am 7/14/09 9:00am

Vintage 2-XL Robot Uses 8-Track Tapes, Not as Scary as Teddy Ruxpin

Released in 1978, the 2-XL educational robot was before my time, but it wouldn't have haunted my nightmares like Teddy Ruxpin did. At least this robot had the decency to look like a damn robot. » 5/02/09 4:00pm 5/02/09 4:00pm

How We Listen: A Timeline of Audio Formats

Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date: » 4/17/09 3:20pm 4/17/09 3:20pm

I'm All Wound Up: A Gallery of Classic Magnetic Tape Drives and Reels

SSD, Smesh Smesh Dee. Here's my visual tribute to magnetic tape, the storage medium that can be measured in MBytes, minutes and meters. » 3/27/09 12:27am 3/27/09 12:27am

T-Shirt Explodes Keytar and Other Vintage Music Tech

Last week we admired the technically and artistically gorgeous Gameboy Exploded shirt. This week, we see even more of our favorite retro technologies anatomically explored in t-shirt form. » 12/11/08 11:45am 12/11/08 11:45am