This is the single greatest triumph of technology over itself, boost if you agree.
They make converters that have an SD slot and play MP3s.
I believe those are a greater triumph.
@maxeddy once i connected this from my discman to my walkman so i could listen to my cds in the most convoluted way possible
@maxeddy I'm old enough to remember the adapter you put a cassette into then slotted into your 8-track. But I agree.
@maxeddy but really how the fuck did this work
@maxeddy ...why does it have a Compact Disc logo
They were marketed as a way to connect your discman to a car stereo, which is what I used it for until I got an iPod.
@maxeddy I still have to use this bad boy in my 05' CRV. My favorite part is having to listen to everything super loud to overcome the "tape" noise it makes 😂
This warms my heart so much.
@maxeddy lol memories
@maxeddy yup! used it 😅💦💦
@maxeddy Aw, it has a little bowtie.
@maxeddy I once drove from New York to Texas in a car with no A/C, a discman, a copy of of Bjork's "Post" and one of these. It sounded awful. This was not a good technology
In the year 2018, this is the new hotness!!
You can feed any high quality, lossless audio streams into a deprecated, unshielded, high impedance analog cassette adapter and fuck it all up in style! Kids totes want this(af) for black friday I bet! I mean christmas or whatever.
@maxeddy They worked better then the radio one!
@maxeddy my mom uses this on her phone
In the mid-late oughties, I'd rip 8-ish hours of Radio Paradise to 64kps MP3s and put them on a cheapass flashdrive player. This thing had three buttons (play/stop & volume) and one LED. I'd leave it in the car connected to my cassette player via one of these and listen to a wide(-ish) variety of commercial-free music while I drove.
And because the player didn't have a display, I kept a printed one-sheet track list I'd generated with a Perl script from the metadata.
Also, one time I was driving late on a foggy night with nobody around. This utterly surreal, ethereal song came on that I'd never heard before. Later on when I stopped, I looked at the track listing sheet and saw the title and artist were both blank.
(It turned out that non-ASCII characters had confused my script enough to discard it the entire text. The artist, unsurprisingly, was Björk.)
@suetanvil This is beautiful.
@maxeddy Combined with a CD player and a car power adapter, you too can have a nest of wires from the 90s, tangled around your shifter and that causes your music to go out whenever you go into third gear.
@djsumdog A very real problem for me, too! The throw was so long on my S10's shifter and that didn't help a bit.
@maxeddy They're actually black magic like what even
@maxeddy once to prove a point I used one of these and an even older 8-track adapter to play a diskman on a 8-track player.
@maxeddy I had one of those so I could listen to my CD "Walkman" in the car :)
@maxeddy It exists with Bluetooth, too.
@alsternerd oh my god this needs to be in the Louvre.
@maxeddy I had one of those to use my MP3 player in an old car 😄
@maxeddy i had this in my car. I used to plug my iPod Shuffle to it.
@maxeddy bonus points if the 3.5mm plug then goes into a lightning adapter and connects to a new iPhone
@maxeddy A modern version of this would be the same except extortionate royalties would have to be paid to the manufacturers of the cassette player
@maxeddy 8track still rules in my book, followed closely by the elcaset.😃
This made my old car (1988 Grand Marquis) way more enjoyable than it normally would've been.
My current ride has a CD deck & no external input tho ☹
@bpsycho1 Made my first car (1999 S10) way better, too. I only had maybe four cassette tapes, all of which were just bootlegs of LPs.
@maxeddy I don't understand what this is. Why does it say 'compact disc' on something cassette shaped?
@Anke It's an adapter for connecting audio devices to your car or home stereo through a casette tapedeck. The casette-shaped device had a tape head that "played" whatever was connected to the stereo jack to tape deck. It even had a looped tape inside!
It says Compact Disc on it because it was originally sold as a means for listening to CDs in a car using a discman or other portable CD player. History!
@maxeddy Thank you!
Yeah, without the CD label, I would have guessed right.
@maxeddy There's Even a Triumph of that Triumph!
@maxeddy code accumulates so many things like this
i would swear my job is literally making janky adapters like this every day
@maxeddy I had one of those.
Still using it, old player, good speakers. In my almost steampunk desktop
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