Convert tapes to MP3s with ION Audio Tape Express

by Mark R

tape_expressWhen I was young, I invested a penny in that whole “twelve cassettes for a penny” offer. (I actually spent more than a penny on that, by the way, but I’m sure you already know that.) I’m pretty sure that they probably don’t do that deal anymore, unless iTunes has some sort of thing like that. However, I still have the cassettes.

Actually, my mother has those cassettes, because she’s probably the only person in this millennium that I know that still listens to that format of music. It might take a while before she gets into digital format, but I am ready for that day with the ION Audio Tape Express.

All a user needs to do is connect the Tape Express to the PC via USB, and allow the EZ tape converter software to turn that tape into an MP3 in hardly any time at all.

It is nice of ION audio to construct the Tape Express to resemble a very old-school Sony Walkman. By the way, you can actually use the Tape Express to play your old cassettes next time you are feeling a little old school. Hopefully it has a faster rewind than my old portable tape player.

You should be able to get the ION Audio Tape Express for about $80.

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9 reviews or comments

Bob Says: December 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm

This is a piece of shit and best avoided! First; you can’t use the software wothout firswt downloading iTunes (they don’t tell you that!), Then the software, once it has recorded your tape, fails to convert it to the itunes M3 format at least 50% of the time. Secondly it asks you if you want to separate the tracks (you can list them towards the end of the process)and then promptly only lists the firswt 2, the others are God knows where at this point! Your’e also supposed to be able to convert the MP3 format to others formats you might want to use – wav files for example – you can’t.

This is absolute rubbish and a waste of money – stay clear, spend your money on a ligitimate product, not this crap!

Read more: http://technabob.com/blog/2009/10/27/ion-tape-express-cassette-tape-converter/#ixzz0YrkWHybg

Edwin Says: December 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Bob

FRED DI MENNA Says: June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

i am 88 years old .
please me a product manual for the ion tape express
thank you

murali Says: December 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

after copying to i tunes it does not play and there is no volume too

Elfi Marsh Says: March 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

Tape Express is junk, software is faulty. When installing mine kept saying `must have I-Tunes installed to run`. I don`t want that. Try to re-install, same freakin thing. Even after reluctantly installing Itunits, keeps giving that freaking message and just WONT WORK. And of course the Source won`t take back product even though I have warranty. Its JUNK.

Eugene Says: June 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

this is a piece of shit i have tried to make this thing work for 3 days and still can’t make it work after printing the instructions all i want to do is transfer my cassette tapes to c. d’s thanks for the GARBAGE.

John Markowski Says: August 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

I was very happy with the product until I converted about thirty tapes at which point the cassette player stopped playing the tapes preventing me from converting any additional tapes. The converter is still receiving power but the mechanical buttons no longer work. Unfortunatley the warranty is for ONLY 90 DAYS. Not very long for a piece of electronic equipment.

Bob Says: October 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Obviously this company is MS-centric as the products do not work on a Mac…no matter how scrupulously one installs the software and follows the operating instructions. I know making buckets of money in the computer field is very attractive, but knowin gly marketing junk? Comeon!

This is a “can’t return” product so if you are a Mac user don’t be tempted. It simply is worthless. As to the hardware quality. Well, a child’s toy player is higher quality.

mick wallwork Says: July 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

What do you do if computer does not have CD player?

Be nice if there was a minimize button on the operating screen that allows operation of your program.
The way it is you cannot use the computer while the tape players is running.

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