Quite frankly, the Cassette2USB audio cassette converter sounded too good to be true. But with a box full of audio cassettes up to twenty years old and three cassette players expired due to old age, I needed to get started on transferring the recordings to MP3s and CDs for future prosperity.
After shopping around online, the Cassette2USB struck me as being the most appealing to me to me on two important levels:
- It works on both the Mac and PC computer operating platforms, especially useful if you have an Intel Mac with access to Windows 7.
- It promised to be no more complicated to operate than by uploading the included audio software and connecting the converter to your computer.
Cassette2USB’s customer service support effort began almost immediately. Right after my placing my order, I received e-mails inviting me to register, informing me how soon I should expect it to be shipped, and supply me with the links to their help and support sites.
Though it’s as small and portable cassette player, the Cassette2USB turns out to be sturdily made. In fact, if you can live without a pause button, it can double as an audio cassette player during its “down time” – the Cassette2USB can accommodate a pair of AA batteries, headphones, and even a 3-volt power supply. Now, while that’s all very fine and dandy, it has nothing to do with how it actually works, does it?
The Cassette2USB CD contains two pieces of software: Audacity for recording and Burn for converting it to MP3. As someone who retired a 12-year-old Macintosh PPC just last year, seeing support software for PowerPC Macintoshes was just plain touching. The quick-start instructions made it easy to set up their pre-configured Audacity, though you'll have maximum flexibillty by downloading the most current version of the free open-source audio editor. Just remember to connect the Cassette2USB to your computer’s USB port (not a USB hub) first.
Then press the play button on the Cassette2USB converter, click on Audacity’s record button, and you’re off! You can listen through the headphone jack, or just set the loop function so the tape will automatically play both sides. Just be there to stop Audacity when its done. Then all you have to do is export it was a WAV file for CDs, or turn it over to the Burn software to make MP3s for your portable players.
Consequently, the Cassette2USB converter does turn out be just as easy to install and use for converting to MP3 as promised!
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