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ION Tape Express (Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3's) - Only £14.99 delivered @ Zavvi
ION Tape Express (Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3's) - Only £14.99 delivered @ Zavvi

ION Tape Express (Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3's) - Only £14.99 delivered @ Zavvi

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For a certain generation, cassette tapes have a special place close to the heart. The thrill of recording the Top 40 every Sunday evening and the ensuing frustration at being unable to edit out the DJ speaking over the end of each song will be familiar to a great many people. You know who you are, dancing round the bedroom with a tennis racquet guitar under your arm, unable to forget that humble 90-minute format. The way we consume our music has marched firmly into a digital future, but spare a thought for all those lonely tapes, collecting dust under the bed (along with your original Walkman), by completely reviving them with the ingenious Tape Express.

Using the included EZ Tape Converter software, you can plug the Tape Express into your computer (via USB cable), play the songs you love and have them converted instantly into MP3 files. Those MP3 files can then be taken anywhere you'd take your other MP3s - into your iTunes library, your iPod or MP3 Player, burned onto CD and generally taken across all the usual digital platforms for your own personal use, and you can power it either by USB or our old friend the AA battery. How versatile is that?

Looking not unlike an old personal tape player (presumably because it is a personal tape player), but with a somewhat more contemporary design, it's sleek and small enough to be taken anywhere you go, and functions just like your old Walkman - in case you're craving the feel of tape over MP3. You can even use the audio output to connect the Tape Express to your hi-fi or any external amp.

It's a great piece of retro cool that manages to look modern, and functions with the future in mind - bringing back all those forgotten tunes and maybe prompting you to pick up that tennis racquet guitar again.

* The Tape Express converts all your old cassettes to MP3 format.
* MP3s can be imported to iTunes library, uploaded to MP3 players or burned onto CD.
* EZ Tape Converter Software included.
* Connection to computer via USB cable (included).
* Can be used as standard portable cassette player.
* Can be played through external hi-fi or speakers using headphone jack (3.5mm).
* Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista operating systems.
* Suitable for ages 14 years+.

Size:

* 11.5 x 8.5 x 3 cm (unit).
* 56 x 28 x 27 cm (packaging).

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Edited by: "andywedge" 21st Apr 2011

Delivery usually within a month? WTF?

Wouldn't earphone into sound card be the same?

Or even Hi-Fi out via Phono and into sound card?
Edited by: "rizla01" 21st Apr 2011

How weird...just walked past a cassette tape that my wife's aunt recorded for my daughter and thought to myself that I needed to find a way to convert it into digital, don't have a cassette player any more so this would be ideal! Thanks OP!

Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that allows you to put the phone up to a television, radio, hifi etc.. and the phone identifies the song. I've tried it on all kinds of stuff and have been very impressed by the software. Good find though.. have some heat.

Been looking at one of these for a while but they were way too pricey, gone for this, great price have some heat.

P.S. Quidco giving 2% on this as well ;-)

So this is a walkman + usb sound card ?

Looks like it doesn't even have Dolby-B noise reduction.

Or just use an existing tape player's headphone or line output and connect to your computer's line input socket, use the free Audacity software (which I think ION tell you to use) and off you go.

Tape hiss heaven.


Edited by: "spannerzone" 21st Apr 2011

anyone know a cheap equivalent for VHS tapes?

usual knoweverything geekyfanboys with reasons why this is no good are talking hogwash......for a quick, cheap and relatively stylish solution to a cupboard full of C90's...this is a great little deal. Hot - cheers

do people still have cassettes kicking about ? I used to have 100's as a nipper,but they have vanished over the years memories of taping the Top 40 off the radio on a sunday evening, trying to be quiet, as not to record anything but the music, then me mum shouts up the stairs, "tea is ready !" or the dog barking !!!

Whats a cassette tape?

Great for backing up all those priceless C64 games!

Cheers OP - time to back up my old mix tapes....I taught Sasha and Digweed all they know, you know :-D

I got one of these a while ago (for quite a bit more money). I tried a couple of old tapes but could only seem to convert my tapes into one long MP3, unless I sat and monitored it as it imported and clicked every time the track changed. If anyone gets one and finds some decent OSX software that will automatically split and label all the tracks with the minimum of user interaction, will they post the details here....thanks. I thought it would be a good simple solution....but the software is too basic.
Edited by: "solidstate" 21st Apr 2011

i bought a sony walkman to convert all my old dance mix tapes to mp3 , my 12 year old son didnt have a clue what it was, really made me think about how technology has moved on in the last 20 years, if someone had explained to me what an smart phone/iphone would be able to do 20 years ago
id have rung the man in the white coats!!!!!

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FTCom

Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that … Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that allows you to put the phone up to a television, radio, hifi etc.. and the phone identifies the song. I've tried it on all kinds of stuff and have been very impressed by the software. Good find though.. have some heat.



Track id. Most SE phones haver them

My question to the rest of you's, would this take as long as the cassette length to convert? I.e will it take 45 minutes to convert a 45 minute cassette to mp3? If so, then wouldnt it be cheaper to connect a cassette player output into mic input/line in on pc sound card and record it that way?

In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to make a private copy of copyrighted media without the copyright owner's consent. This also includes ripping music from a CD to a computer or digital music player.

Since you will be breaking the law copying your cassettes, doesn't it make sense just to download the music as MP3 (which is also illegal, if the music is copyrighted). Or move to the United States where there are fair use laws.

DevilMan

Cheers OP - time to back up my old mix tapes....I taught Sasha and … Cheers OP - time to back up my old mix tapes....I taught Sasha and Digweed all they know, you know :-D



That for me is the one solitary use for this device. Worth the money just for that!

Adnan786

If so, then wouldnt it be cheaper to connect a cassette player output … If so, then wouldnt it be cheaper to connect a cassette player output into mic input/line in on pc sound card and record it that way?



Valid point. But people like me who ditched anything resembling a cassette player years ago would still have to go out buy a second hand one. The advantage to this that it's compact and very straightforward.

FTCom

Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that … Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that allows you to put the phone up to a television, radio, hifi etc.. and the phone identifies the song. I've tried it on all kinds of stuff and have been very impressed by the software. Good find though.. have some heat.



random?


Sony soundforge?
solidstate

I got one of these a while ago (for quite a bit more money). I tried a … I got one of these a while ago (for quite a bit more money). I tried a couple of old tapes but could only seem to convert my tapes into one long MP3, unless I sat and monitored it as it imported and clicked every time the track changed. If anyone gets one and finds some decent OSX software that will automatically split and label all the tracks with the minimum of user interaction, will they post the details here....thanks. I thought it would be a good simple solution....but the software is too basic.


Remember when you have a favourite C90 --- and the tape machine chewed it up! I had a few hundered tapes, but they all went in the skip many years ago.

richp

do people still have cassettes kicking about ? I used to have 100's as a … do people still have cassettes kicking about ? I used to have 100's as a nipper,but they have vanished over the years memories of taping the Top 40 off the radio on a sunday evening, trying to be quiet, as not to record anything but the music, then me mum shouts up the stairs, "tea is ready !" or the dog barking !!!



Happy days

rizla01

Wouldn't earphone into sound card be the same?Or even Hi-Fi out via Phono … Wouldn't earphone into sound card be the same?Or even Hi-Fi out via Phono and into sound card?


Exactly what I was going to say. That's assuming you already have a cassette player, though. If you do, a £1 3.5mm-3.5mm stereo audio cable will do the same (if not better, depending on the quality of your equipment) job. If you don't have a cassette player anymore, this is a good idea.
It's all a bit pointless if you just have commercial music on your cassettes - you could just download MP3s of all the songs, or rip them from CD. If you have homemade stuff on your cassettes, like recordings of people you know, then this would be a good way to digitise them.

For those concerned with audio quality, you're relying on the hardware contained in this unit to perform the analogue-->digital conversion - I suspect even stock motherboard sound cards would do a better job, doubly so if you've upgraded. If that holds true, better to just run a 3.5mm male to male cable between your old cassette player and your pc.

Although that relies on your old cassette player properly playing what's stored on the tape.

These sort of things (usb "vinyl converter" turntables and the like) strike me as money for old rope, you likely already own all the hardware you'll need.

Tommoxyz

Happy days



I must have had a state of the art system then that did it all internally. Ferguson wogbox ghetto blaster, no worries about erroneous sounds. Tricky part was setting up the recording levels to the leds pulsing up an down so Tony Blackburn didn't overmodulate. That and the VHF crackling that kicked in if someone turned on the bloody hair dryer.
I bought an Aldi Medion device for doing this job though although a lot bigger.

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Fowlet

For those concerned with audio quality, you're relying on the hardware … For those concerned with audio quality, you're relying on the hardware contained in this unit to perform the analogue-->digital conversion - I suspect even stock motherboard sound cards would do a better job, doubly so if you've upgraded. If that holds true, better to just run a 3.5mm male to male cable between your old cassette player and your pc.Although that relies on your old cassette player properly playing what's stored on the tape.These sort of things (usb "vinyl converter" turntables and the like) strike me as money for old rope, you likely already own all the hardware you'll need.



True but this tape convertor is all packed in one!! If you used a normal old cassette player walkman then you would end up using batteries after batteries!! Good thing about this little gadget is that its USB powered, its even got a DC connector on the device... Its modern technology basically.

But if you have a hifi connected to your computer permanently with input and output phonos then there is no point in buying this!! But not many people have that setup. Also this is portable incase you wanna take it around your friends, familys etc...



Edited by: "babyface_snoop" 21st Apr 2011

Whats with the wait though delivery wise?

Cant wait to rip my hundreds of tapes....
Edited by: "asanchez" 21st Apr 2011

Great idea, will dig my old rave tapes out!

FTCom

Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that … Sony have a piece of software on their Sony Ericsson X8 phones that allows you to put the phone up to a television, radio, hifi etc.. and the phone identifies the song. I've tried it on all kinds of stuff and have been very impressed by the software. Good find though.. have some heat.


wots that gotta do with this??

solidstate

I got one of these a while ago (for quite a bit more money). I tried a … I got one of these a while ago (for quite a bit more money). I tried a couple of old tapes but could only seem to convert my tapes into one long MP3, unless I sat and monitored it as it imported and clicked every time the track changed. If anyone gets one and finds some decent OSX software that will automatically split and label all the tracks with the minimum of user interaction, will they post the details here....thanks. I thought it would be a good simple solution....but the software is too basic.


I've searched for software to make cue files or the like on the Mac but still found nothing. It's dead easy on the PC. Wonder if you could just make the cue file in text editor on mac, dont see why not.

babyface_snoop

http://www.firebox.com/product/2540/USB-Tape-ExpressGOOD REVIEWS!!



I'm not surprised. Apparently this magical bit of kit can make any old tut sound like the best music evah X)

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drspa44

In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to make a private copy of … In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to make a private copy of copyrighted media without the copyright owner's consent. This also includes ripping music from a CD to a computer or digital music player.Since you will be breaking the law copying your cassettes, doesn't it make sense just to download the music as MP3 (which is also illegal, if the music is copyrighted). Or move to the United States where there are fair use laws.



Actually if you buy a music or movie etc you can copy it for personal use it doesn't constitute and breaching copy right laws.

Bad Actor

I must have had a state of the art system then that did it all … I must have had a state of the art system then that did it all internally. Ferguson wogbox ghetto blaster, no worries about erroneous sounds. Tricky part was setting up the recording levels to the leds pulsing up an down so Tony Blackburn didn't overmodulate. That and the VHF crackling that kicked in if someone turned on the bloody hair dryer.I bought an Aldi Medion device for doing this job though although a lot bigger.


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StellaDave

I've searched for software to make cue files or the like on the Mac but … I've searched for software to make cue files or the like on the Mac but still found nothing. It's dead easy on the PC. Wonder if you could just make the cue file in text editor on mac, dont see why not.



This'll do what you're after. Unfortunately, it's not free.

The software provided with this gadget is a free download for PC or Mac, and can be downloaded here. It's developed by Mixmeister, who make powerful DJ software. Don't know what it'll do, as it won't do anything until you connect the device.
Edited by: "Deluxe" 22nd Apr 2011

Garasand

Actually if you buy a music or movie etc you can copy it for personal use … Actually if you buy a music or movie etc you can copy it for personal use it doesn't constitute and breaching copy right laws.



Not true I'm afraid (see link below, loads of others on net). There is no fair usage policy in the UK. Although it is ludicrous, technically even copying for personal use is illegal in the UK even if you've paid for the original media.

That said, I'm not sure anybody has been done for it so really who cares?

thisismoney.co.uk/bar…d=5

elvislives77

Not true I'm afraid (see link below, loads of others on net). There is no … Not true I'm afraid (see link below, loads of others on net). There is no fair usage policy in the UK. Although it is ludicrous, technically even copying for personal use is illegal in the UK even if you've paid for the original media. That said, I'm not sure anybody has been done for it so really who cares?http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/bargains-and-rip-offs/article.html?in_article_id=500206&in_page_id=5





S'okay tho, cos most of my tapes were illegally copied from LP's I owned, in the first place.:)

Ah, Ignorance is bliss.

rizla01

S'okay tho, cos most of my tapes were illegally copied from LP's I owned, … S'okay tho, cos most of my tapes were illegally copied from LP's I owned, in the first place.:)Ah, Ignorance is bliss.



those were the good pirating days, the yoof of today they have ruined it !
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