Most analog-to-digital audio ripping devices hardly warrant mention these days. But the PlusDeck Ex's ability to record MP3s to analog cassette is so odd, I can't help but be amused.

If you're longing for the days of mixtapes burned dubbed to a gaudy looking Memorex cassette, this is for you. The USB port allows you to transfer files to the PlusDeck to be put on tape, so you can play them back in your circa-1988 Walkman.

But the PlusDeck Ex does have a few worthwhile features, such as recording FM radio to a digital file, phono jacks for playing and ripping vinyl, 7.1 surround sound support and a cellphone In, which is presumably for recording voicemail and/or conversations. It also has RCA in/out, 3.5mm in, and a clock/timer that lets you schedule recordings.

The only problem is the thing runs about $300, which is about $250 more than I'm willing to pay, personally. [Think Geek via Uncrate via Wired]