I will never understand the weird nostalgia people have for cassettes, an outdated bad-sounding technology that has no more relevance to us in the 21st century than an 8-track tape. Yet people keep trying to bring the goddamn things back to life.
The latest effort is Mixxtape, a Bluetooth music player that looks just like a cassette. Load it up with audio (including FLAC, WMA, OGG and WAV) via USB–capacity is 8GB of flash–and it will stream music to whatever device you choose. Battery life is rated at about 12 hours.
That’s one way to use it. You also can plug it into a speaker via a standard 3.5 mm jack. But the thing that makes it different is that Mixxtape will also play in a standard cassette player. Got an old boombox or cassette Walkman lying around? Load Mixxtape as you would an old-school cassette and voila! You’re suddenly back in 1988. The fake reels even turn as the music plays.
Never mind that this requires an old piece of audio gear or that you can’t access the touch screen while it’s inside the player. That means no skipping, fast-forwarding or rewinding. Maybe a future version will have a remote.