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.
If you want to leave a video or audio message in a time capsule, what medium should you choose? Will people of the future be able to listen to your CD or your mp3? Will the folks of 100 years or even just 10 years hence be able to find a DVD player? Do you even have a DVD player today?
Bloomberg Businessweek recently toured National Audio Company, a shop in Springfield, Missouri and one of the last and definitely the largest remaining manufacturers of the classic audio cassette tape. It’s almost adorable to see all the old machines whirring to pump out tapes that you thought no longer existed.
In the video above, audio nerd Jeremy Bell demonstrates his invention, the ScrubBoard, which allows him to scratch tapes with his hands as if they are records.
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…
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 a ridiculously easy way to get their old and modern technology to…
As many of us do, I recently ended up in a Facebook conversation about parenting or music. In this case, it was about both conversational mainstays: Namely, how do you allow a child in 2013 to decide to listen to something of their choosing?
I don't remember the last time I saw a cassette tape in real life. Seriously, it's been years. But when I see these cassette tapes refashioned as pieces of art, I'm happy. I love seeing old media being used in a way it was never meant to be (and the only way it could be now).
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.
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…
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.
Hammacher's hawking this over-sized walkman look-alike featuring an iPhone/iPod Touch dock that lets you convert cassette tapes into MP3s via an accompanying app. But does anyone out there even have audio cassettes that can't be more easily replaced with a quick iTunes search? Does anyone even know what audio…
If it works as claimed, here's a fascinating hack for anyone still in love with the analog 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.
Its collection isn't exactly what we'd call comprehensive just yet, but one day the Museum of Endangered Sounds could be the de-facto place to go to teach your kids about technologies of yesteryear. Or at least teach them what those technologies sounded like.
Cassettes are sort of strangely attractive on their own, in a bulky, obsolete sort of way—so adding a brilliant bulb behind a box of them could only be pretty. The Tape Lamp does just that—and surprisingly non-tackily, too.
VHS, floppy disks, cassettes, laserdiscs—they're all included in these brilliantly hipster posters and t-shirts. Wear your ironic love for a dead format on your Helvetica-laden chest!
There will never be anything quite like the mix tape. For better or worse, it really changed the way people listened to music. So it's sort of bittersweet to see Sony releasing its final cassette-playing boom box ever.
The music may be horrible, but if you rub a tape head over these ties you can actually hear jumbled sound collages recorded from the NYC metro system. This is possible because the ties are 50% audio cassette tape.