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June 9, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The MixxTape reinvents the cassette tape for listening via headphones, Bluetooth, or in your Trans AM

The MixxTape reinvents the cassette tape
The rash of visually designed storage drives mar the brilliance of the MixxTape which stores 64 GBs of music and plays in any tape deck!
The MixxTape is a big step ahead of most portable storage devices by adding actual functionality to it's "cassette" design. It not only looks like a cassette - it plays just like on too! They are crowd-funding it via a MixxTape Kickstarter campaign which I urge you to check out!

Flash storage devices were sleek little "memory sticks" as we called them due to their appearance. My first one only held 2 GB but I thought is was amazing. They have grown in capacity and shrunk in physical size. Then they grew again...

Having gobs of gigabytes in your pocket was replaced by larger devices that tried to add style to the equation. Now flash drives are adorned with super heros, cartoon characters, video game mascots, and more. I guess it's more fun to plug Batman's head into your laptop than to have a device small enough to disappear into a shirt pocket. And do we need to store MP3 files on a drive shaped like a cassette? The MixxTape smashes that stereotype with a very slick concept!

The MixxTape connects to your computer via Micro USB While a big fan of pop culture, the physical size of the drive is much more important to me, but that's not our focus here. You should check out the MixxTape. It's a 64GB storage device for music that's shaped like a cassette because it will play your stored music files through any cassette deck! That's pretty cool and wonderfully retro and analog!

As a modern device, it will send your music to headphones or a Bluetooth speaker, but for old school fans of physical media, it will play in your Walkman, Boombox, or car stereo. If you have a cassette player, the MixxTape will play through it!

The MixxTape has a micro SD slot as well as a magnetic head to pump your tunes out via a cassette deck/player. The headphone jack is self explanatory and the Mico USB port allows connection to your Mac or PC to load files onto the MixxTape. It supports FLAC, MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, WAV, AAC-LC, ACELP, and Audible music files.

With reels that spin and actual analog playback through a cassette deck, this is a much different product from ones that may have some visual similarity. Take a look at their Kickstarter page and see if your cassette deck could benefit from 64 gigs of digital music in analog splendor!

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