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AirCassette for iOS: Buy it for How It Looks, Not How It Sounds

by Lambert Varias

Do you miss looking at cassette tapes? Yes, I said looking. I don’t think anyone would miss their sound quality (or lack thereof). Unlike CDs or today’s intangible digital music, the look and form of cassette tapes are iconic not only because of their colorful labels but because you could write on the tape itself too. That personal touch gives it a soul. So I ask again, do you miss staring at cassette tapes? If so, you should check out the AirCassette app.

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AirCassette is a music player for iOS devices. It’s main draw is that the “now playing” screen looks like a cassette tape – the artist and song title appear on the label in a handwritten type of font, plus the tape’s spools rotate as the music plays. It even has the proper animations for rewind and fast forward. There are several designs included so you can easily swap them out and stare at a different tape.

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AirCassette also has a queueing feature – similar to iTunes “On-the-Go” playlist, along with a few sharing options. You can share a song or your entire queue vie email or on Facebook. Here’s the app in action:

iOS users, you know what to do if you like this app – here’s the iTunes link. It’ll cost you $1.99 (USD). Is it worth it? I’m not sure; the thing is even it’s greatest strength still needs some polish. First of all I’d prefer it if the cassette tape looked more realistic. Even on video I can see that the image of the tape is flat. It doesn’t look like a cassette tape; it looks like a drawing of a cassette tape. I still might get it for the queueing feature though. You can check out its official website for more info.

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Comments (4):

  1. djmoon says:

    Yes, more realistic cassettes.
    Add a “simulated” 3D effect if you tilt the iPhone slightly to one side or the other to see tape thickness.
    And an (optional) camera view to see through” the cassette.
    And, just for s#!+$ & giggles, a “tape hiss” effect, complete with lead in & out, “cutting off” the last track in a playlist, as a tape would.

  2. Verastaki says:

    Why do people always say sound quality is bad on cassettes? Or tape hiss when it realy is the player that produces all the noise and hiss. Have you ever pressed play without a tape in player and noticed same noise? that same noise appears in a background as tape plays. Thats why I use high end stereos where u cant hear that noise so tape dont get blamed for stereo noice. Most of my tapes even sound better than CDs because they were recorded on professional equipment and I usually use TYPE II or IV music grade tapes. levels were set louder then standard setting gives it more heavy punchy sound. I wouldnt even use any filters or Dolby B/C/S and they still sound incredible. Thats why most peoples tapes sounded horrible and got blamed because they were rocorded on cheap DC recorders instead of AC where magnet is used instead of erase head adds more harsh thunder like background noise. Just use right high end equipment, High or Metal bias tapes and right equalization and trust me, u will be amazed how your tapes couldve sounded if right techniques were used.

  3. djmoon says:

    Was not saying I did not like the “hiss”.
    I LOVE(d) cassette tapes (just got an ION Tape Express+ to boot:)!
    Actually, cassettes have a much higher dynamic range (as does vinyl)
    than CDs, which gives music (especially bass) that “punch & kick”.
    I love this app, just adding ideas to make it as close to
    the “cassette experience” as possible (minus the age degradation;).

    Adding one more:
    – A (simulated) “tape eject” sound when you stop your music.

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