Grace Tape2USB Cassette Converter
by Mark R
I’m sure that some of you are looking at that picture of the cassette recorder and saying: “Is this the coolest gadget that you can find today?” and “What is this, the early eighties?”
However, this product is for those of you who may remember the eighties, who might still have a collection of albums on cassettes that were purchased before the advent of CDs. Some of you probably keep your cassettes around because you don’t have the song on any other media. Of course, you still have to go through the rigmarole of fast-forwarding or rewinding to find your favorite track. What you really need to do is take the songs off the cassette and put them on your iPod.
Fortunately, the Tape2USB is designed to convert those old cassettes into MP3 files. All you need to do is plug it into your computer via USB and use the included Audacity software to edit the cassette-to-audio files.
There is definitely a retro look to the Tape2USB. Notice that all the controls are dials, and there is even an old-school counter with a reset button. Could this be any more old-timey? I’m surprised it even has a USB connector. That’s like putting an iPod dock inside a Model T.
I actually have a pile of cassettes that I could use the Grace Tape2USB for. Perhaps I should get over to the Grace Digital site and lay down $129.99 for it. While I’m at it, I should purchase the Vinylwriter Pico for $99.99, and turn my old vinyl LPs into MP3s. Of course, I wonder how the digital versions of my old favorites will sound when they are converted.