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Cassette tape to MP3 service

convert irreplaceable songs to mp3, forever
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I've ripped most of my CD collection to mp3, but would really like to be able to get a copy of a couple of audio cassettes which have music I can't get on CD (and or file sharing locations). Now.. I know I could record them (badly) myself, but what I'd like is a service which lets you post them your cassette, which they digitise for me, and put the tracks on a secure area of their website for me to download. They then post it back to me, and all for $7.

I could do it myself, but I think the quality/hassle factor will still make me want to use this service.
neilp, Dec 08 2003

For [neilp], my new friend for life. http://www.fraggler...com/media/audio.asp
[Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Dephcon http://www.dephcon.com/index.shtml
They'll convert tape to MP3 and let you download it from their website. [kropotkin, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Cassettes2cds http://www.cassettes2cds.com/
Will convert cassette tapes to MP3s and mail on CDs, but don't let you download it (is that important? will it take longer to mail it or download it?) [kropotkin, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Music Preservation and Transfer http://dmoz.org/Sho...and_Transfer/Audio/
Most of these companies just do vinyl or cassette to CD, but some do MP3 as well. Browse. [kropotkin, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

PC cassette deck http://plusdeck.com/english/
[waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       exactly [Mr Burns] - problem solved, you can keep that cherished cut forever, and the crackle.
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       <aside>if anyone's got fraggles on mp3 I'll be your friend for life (if you let me have a copy)</aside>
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       I've thought about this before. I have a bunch of tapes that I wouldn't mind having on mp3, but I don't want to invest in high-end tape equipment. [+] for you!
sycorob24, Dec 08 2003

       Unfortunately, copyright laws make such a service untenable. Pity, because there's a lot of good music (and other audiovisual material for that matter) which exist only on fragile formats but for which copyright clearances are unobtainable (original publisher defunct, etc.)
supercat, Dec 08 2003

       You don't need any high-end equipment. Get a stereo 1/8" inch phono male-to-male and connect your Walkman to your sound card. Play the tape and record it on your computer using sound recorder or some freeware app. Save as a .wav file and convert it to mp3.   

       How hard is that? The quality will be just as good as anything a commercial service could offer. If you really want to pay somebody to do this, I'll take $20 per tape, plus shipping. I'll include the burned CD.
waugsqueke, Dec 08 2003

       [supercat] can you elaborate ? some of this stuff might be out of copyright, and otherwise, I'd happily indemnify them by signing a contract.
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       [neilp] genuflects in the direction of his new best friend, [Worldgineer] and reminds himself not for the first time why he loves the halfbakery and halfbakers.
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       This appears to be baked. A number of companies will copy cassette tapes to MP3 files and send you the CD, but Dephcon also seems to offer to let you download from their website.
kropotkin, Dec 08 2003

       [kropotkin] great site, although it looks like I'll have to ask [waugs] as I'm sure customer service would be snappier and he offered for $20 too.
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       [neilp] 'twas nothing. Just googled for fraggle MP3.   

       Looks like [krop]'s found you a solution for $1 less than you were willing to pay, with a 2 day turnaround. (well, $1.10 more if you include shipping)
Worldgineer, Dec 08 2003

       thank you both, top searching, it's just a question of knowing what you're searching for I suppose (another hb'd idea occurs to [neilp]).
neilp, Dec 08 2003

       I've done this a few times already so if you're really that desperate, send your tapes to me. I'm going to charge a bit more than $7 for a quality job, though.
phoenix, Dec 08 2003


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