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Farewell to the Phillips Cassette

I used to use the other formats too - not just the 8 track of legend, but the other competing formats that were all out there when tape was new. Other formats that died out quickly included 4-track and "playtape". All but the Phillips cassette were endless loop type cartridges, and all faded out quickly except the 8-track which took a little bit longer.

And now, as far as we are concerned, the Audio tape is completely history.

Neither the home stereo nor any of the 3 vehicles we have contain a cassette player anymore. All are straight CD. The cars can also play MP3 music as well, which is a big plus. The van got it's CD player years ago and so can only play regular audio disks, but we seldom use it so that's ok.

Thanks to my ripflash 2 from pogoproducts, I am now converting all of the aging cassette tapes we have to MP3's so they can be put in the new format, which is also incidentally a lot more resistant to heat damage. I can also put two weeks worth of Howard Stern on a single CD, so martes can now have all the Howard she could ever want.

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shockwave77598 July 24th, 2003
The home stereo is the only thing we own that still plays cassettes. The cars all have CD players and so do the computers, the portables, and the boombox. I can't recall the last time I listened to the tapes though there are sometimes tapes that come with kids toys and the girls listen to them from time to time. I don't know when I'll be retiring the tapes and tape deck but I expect it will be in a year or two.

And strangely enough, the CDburner now supports the family's needs and wants far more often than my own, and I got nothing but flack for buying a faster cdburner about 2 years ago. :)

mistahbojangles July 24th, 2003
Where are you getting your recordings of the Howard Stern show? And do those recordings include the huge commercial breaks as well?

TIVO for Radio shows (that's how they plug it anyway)

titanic July 24th, 2003
I'm using This to record the shows. And it works perfectly, though it does include the commercials. If I really wanted to I could edit them out. Unlike the ripflash2 that I am using to encode the tapes and LP records, the radio recorder makes it's own proprietary files, which can only be converted to .WAV format. I then use another program to convert them to MP3, and I wind up with a file exactly the same size.

With the ripflash, the files are made directly in MP3 format. This makes it impossible for me to edit them, since I have no way to edit an MP3 file or even convert it to WAV (where I can use the primitive but functional sound recorder built in to windows to do it)

As I convert all of my old tapes to MP3, I will wind up with 30 or 45 minute blocks of recording that I currently have no way to break up into the individual records that were recorded on them. So I guess I'm in the marked for an MP3 editor.

Re: TIVO for Radio shows (that's how they plug it anyway)

mistahbojangles July 25th, 2003
If you're running a pre-version 3 version of Winamp then you've already got a tool that'll let you export .mp3 files back into .wav files. It's located under the Winamp preferences > Plug-ins > Output > Nullsoft Disk Writer. If you click on this option and configure it to point to a specific directory on your hard drive then the next time you hit PLAY instead of hearing the music you'll see a quickly exported .wav file of the music appear in the directory. At that point you can edit it as normal and save it back to an .mp3.

If you really want a tool that can edit .mp3 files I can help you out with that.

I'd be interested in listening to those Stern recordings when Roz is finished with them...

titanic July 25th, 2003
I could use an MP3 editor. Constantly converting stuff back to WAV files will be extremely time consuming considering the amount of material I have to encode, and the WAV editor I have is very primitive anyway.

The Howard Stern shows come out to about 56 megs apiece for the full four hours encoded at 32, which is the highest speed the thing can record at (that's it, 16 or 32). It only has 32 megs of internal memory but it takes MMC cards.

I was going to put the old Cobalt Qube back online to store the files, but it seems to have taken a dump while it was in storage. I can put them on a CD for you though. I'll be putting radio shows on CD's a lot now I figure, since martes and I now have CD players in our cars that can play MP3 disks.

c_eagle July 25th, 2003
Is this to say that Compact Cassette is being discontinued? and if so, I would guess in manufacturing, while tapes continue to be made for a while..?

(Anonymous) July 27th, 2003
Eh my car still has a casette player. Every time we rent a car the only thing it has is a cassette player and i'm like gahhhhhhh there's no cd player!!!! I don't think i have even one cassette. ha ha ha
well yeah back to the neverland.....

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