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I have seen several "boom boxes" that allow you to record the CD
that is playing, or a song on the radio, onto a tape. Well, we now
have CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, so how about a "boom box" that can
a tape (or the radio-or even a microphone, assuming there is one)
onto a CD-RW?
I don't know
how much power it takes to "burn" a CD, so this may
be feasible for a battery-operated boom box. I suppose it could
be portable, but CD burning may be a real battery drain (like it
run out after 2 disks) but if you're recording yourself singing and
replaying it "just for fun" at a party, you'd probably move on to
something else by then-CDs hold about an hour of music. There
should, however, be a warning label stating that the boom box
should not be moved while recording because it could mess up the
recording on the CD. If you're using a CD-RW, you could of course
record over the messed-up part but, like a tape, a CD-RW would
probably not last as long if frequently recorded over. Regular CDs
and CD-Rs (CD-R can't be recorded over) generally last 8 to 12
years before they are worn to the point of beginning to have
problems (this assumes playing them on a regular basis, but
putting them back in their cases and storing them well. If they're
not used very much they'll last even longer-this makes them
particularly attractive for archive/backup purposes.)
This may, however, be rather pricey...