Back in the day, I carried my trusty Walkman with me everywhere I went. I didn't have one of those dual radio and cassette tape player Walkmans yet, so I had a separate pocket radio with me to tune in to my favorite FM stations. That's a far cry to the iPod and Zune music players of today which can literally carry thousand of tracks into a teeny tiny gadget.
However, one thing that these new gadgets can't replicate are those mixed tapes that were so popular then. I remember making and receiving some mixed tapes for birthdays and for no special occasions from friends who simply wanted to pass on some great music and some audio messages along. I kept all these tapes in a box tucked away in my closet but I may be taking them out soon to give them a whirl in the Thanko's Cassette Mate that can rip the audio from the tapes and convert them into mp3 files.
It's easy to do, too. Simply insert your cassette tape into the Cassette Mate, hook it up to your PC, and run the software that came with it to convert all of the contents of the tape into mp3. Simple as 1, 2, 3.
If you want to, you can also split the files into separate tracks using the software. And the best part about Thanko's Cassette Mate? It's available for an affordable $30 direct from their site: Thanko.