Somewhere in my basement, I have a box of old cassette tapes. Most of them aren’t store-bought ones, but custom made mixtapes that I created for myself, back in the days long before CD players, MP3s, and streaming media.
If you follow writer/director James Gunn on social media, you already know that he shares a lot of cool stuff. Recently Gunn posted these pictures of a custom-made Awesome Mix Vol. 2 coffee table. It even has an awesome story.
Ayaka Matsuno loves to make edgy cakes, cookies and other pastries. Her edible pop art ranges from depictions of sneakers, cartoon sketches and animals. She also made cookie versions of classic geek items: life-size Game Boy cartridges and cassette tapes as well as a tiny Super Famicom with an equally small TV.
Earlier this year we saw a couple of vintage radios that were turned into an Internet radio player using Raspberry Pi. Matt Brailsford’s cassette player Raspberry Pi mod is “only” a Spotify media server, but he makes up for it with an intuitive user interface.
Dust off your Walkman, because Peter Quill’s memento of Earth will soon be yours, thanks to Disney. The Awesome Mix Vol. 1 mixtape will have a limited edition cassette tape release this November.
According to Billboard, this will be Disney’s first music cassette tape since 2003.
I always get a kick out of the juxtaposition of something new and high-tech along with something very old and retro looking. When you take the new iPhone 5S and cram it in a case that makes it look like an old-school boombox, cassette tape, or retro game gear, you have my attention.
If you grew up in the 80s, I guarantee you had a massive collection of cassette tapes. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that CDs really caught on and even then they were really expensive and many people continued to purchase cassette tapes.
We’ve seen a table that looks like a couple of VHS tapes, then one that looks like a 3.5″ floppy disk. Here’s one for older audiophiles: a wooden table that looks like a cassette tape. While it can’t store data, it does have cup holders and a drawer to hold physical objects.
If you only have a cassette player in your car, you probably bought a cassette adapter to connect your mp3 player or phone. This neat hack by the clever Kipkay will help you keep up with the times without shelling out a lot of money by turning this:
Into… (drumroll, please…) this:
The hack involves taking the Bluetooth transmitter from a (used) Bluetooth headset and connecting it with the electronics inside the adapter:
I wish Kipkay provided an alternative way of making the Bluetooth transmitter’s controls accessible, because that’s an equally crucial part of the hack.
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.
A new iPad app called Stereolizer takes advantage of the abundance of Internet radio stations and lets users record tracks from stations onto a digital cassette tape. The tapes seem to be graphical equivalents of an audio file, but the illusion Stereolizer provides is aesthetically pleasing.
Not only does this iPhone case look exactly like a retro cassette tape, it actually serves a purpose.
When out of its box, the silicon cover protects your iPhone from scratches, dust and fingerprints. But when placed inside and propped open, it provides you with a handy stand for viewing video or photos (assuming you want landscape mode).
Alyce Santoro’s Sonic Fabric line of neckties not only look cool, but they should hold a special appeal for New Yorkers: they’re made using 50% colored thread and 50% cassette tape, and the latter has been recorded with “loops and samples collected on and under the streets of NYC.”