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I have fond memories of my old music tapes and their players. One
characteristic of tape players is the way the buttons would latch
down when pressed, and pop back up with an unmistakable "clack" at
the end of the tape or when you pressed the stop button.
Here's a nice little idea for a retro-style
CD player. Basically, the
player is designed such that you load the CD in the front, vertically,
through a clear plastic door. To open the door, you press a button
labelled "stop/eject" when the CD is not playing. Once the door is
closed, simply press "play" and the play button latches down,
followed by the CD spinning up and playing. The button stays down
as long as the machine is running. The player is built without a track
display-only a "power on" light and (if it's battery operated) a "low
battery" light, for authenticity.
If you press the "stop" button during play before the end, the play
button pops up, shutting off the power. The player has built-in
memory that allows it to "remember" the stopping place on up to 20
disks. The position is written to the memory automatically on power-
off, and goes to that exact position when you play a disk with a
stopping point saved. If the amount of memory is exceeded, it
automatically deletes the oldest entry on the list. This way, you can
have it remember your stopping point in a "book on CD", for
If you want to change the starting position, you must insert the disk
and "shuttle" it back to the beginning or back/forward to the place
you want to start. the FF/REW buttons click down, just like the play
button, and release upon pressing a different button or upon
reaching the end of the disk. The FF/REW buttons trigger the laser
to "seek" across the tracks at faster than normal speed, but keeping
the disk turning at normal speed. (you can generally hear the laser
moving back to the beginning in a normal CD player when you
change disks, so this sound would be somewhat comparable to that
of a tape being moved at high speed) and when you press the "play"
button, the laser stops moving, and starts reading the disk at normal
When the CD reaches the end, the "play" button pops back up
automatically and the player powers down. In order to return to the
beginning on that disk, you must press the "rewind" button and wait
for the laser to "rewind" itself back to the starting position.
Hopefully it wouldn't take as long as it takes to actually rewind a
tape, however. If you try to press "play" on a disk where the memory
indicates that the last time it was played it reached the end and
wasn't reset, the button would pop back up shortly after being
Don't worry, the player won't scratch your CD if it brakes :) anyone
ever have a tape player which abandoned it's musical career to
pursue becoming a chef-which speciallized in TAPE SALAD?? (tape
salad being tangled up film resulting from a tape player that
malfunctioned and unrolled the film inside the machine)
Too bad they never made double sided CD's though-those would be
perfect for this player :D Then again, you'd need 2 lasers if you
wanted to make an "auto-reverse" player!
Retro Remote control
From Player Piano, ca 1930 [csea, Apr 19 2009]
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||Funny how no one ever longed to make vinyl records work the same way wax cylinders did.
||I can't express how strongly i agree with you! Remotes should do this too.
||"Remember those old CD players ? How about an mp3
player with a spinning display."
|| LOL that would be funny-show a picture of the CD on
the screen and when playing have the picture spin on
|| I'm honestly not a big fan of Ipods, though :D CDs/CD
players are still alive and well. some companies still make
records, as a matter of fact, as well as BLANK music and
video tapes alike, even though they're basically "dead"
||This should have an appropriate remote control, big, bulky, with lots of buttons that go "kerchunk," see [link].
||I think that just because this is a CD player people would
naturally want to still have the ability to skip ahead-so I
propose a "skip/cue" switch. When it's set to skip, it will
still work as it normally would EXCEPT the ff or rew button
will automatically pop up when it reaches the next song-
i.e. when a "track marker" is reached (the little signal that,
well, signals a CD player to change the track display if
||Also, like those tape/radio machines, once the end is
reached, and the play button springs back up, the power
will be turned off automatically.