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Converting Audiocassettes And Albums To Mp3 Is Now Easy – And Easy On Your Wallet
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Converting Audiocassettes And Albums to Mp3 Is Now Easy – And Easy On Your Wallet

If you’re old enough to remember when boom boxes and portable cassette recorders were cutting-edge high technology, you’ve probably got a box, closet, or attic full of the vinyl LPs, 45-rpm singles, and audio cassettes you’ve collected over the years – or should I say decades? Well, I’m willing to bet that you probably haven’t been playing your recordings over the past a couple of decades – but only because I know why.

It’s because both your old music collection and what you’ve played it on are either too old, complicated or expensive to replace.

You could buy a new turntable for your stereo system, but since you are most likely either downloading MP3s or buying CDs these days, the cost just doesn’t seem justifiable. You could still find a boom box, stereo cassette deck or portable cassette player if you looked hard enough – and if you don’t mind looking outdated and just plain silly. To top it off, none of those players work well while you’re operating a vehicle!

The ideal solution would be to get your recordings on CD or MP3. Then you could listen to them at home, driving or on the go through an MP3 player, smart phone, or car stereo. The quickest way to accomplish that is to buy CDs of everything you’ve got – the quickest, but the hardest on your bank account. (Besides, you’ve purchased them once already, and converting them isn’t illegal as long as you don’t sell or give them away.)

You could also pack up all your recordings and ship them to a professional audio service. But since both records and audiocassettes have to be digitized in “real” time (that is, while they playing) doing that is neither quick, easy nor inexpensive.

Well, here’s great news: thanks to even more advances in cutting-edge high technology, there’s a way you can become a music converter to MP3 yourself, and for not much more than it would cost to buy CDs of, or outsource the converting of, a dozen of your recordings.

The main ingredients are a USB turntable or audiocassette converter (both of which weigh in at less than $100 US in cost), your computer, and audio editing software. All you have to do is attach the converter or turntable to a USB port (not a USB hub) in your computer, launch the software, and start playing your record or audiocassette!

Converting to MP3 yourself isn’t hard or prohibitively expensive at all. And listening while you convert is like having a reunion with long lost friends!


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