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.

@apLundell @maxeddy I'd call that an iteration of the tech. Thus the triumph was already in hand.

@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.

@josh_robusto @maxeddy it has a little electromagnet inside that energizes the tape head using the audio input


I went through like three of these damn things. They wore out so fast!

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 😂

@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 @Cherylb I had one of these and one of the radio type ones. the radio type 1 generally wouldn't work too badly in Canada, but in the US where there is a lot more stations on the radio it was hard to find an empty frequency for long

@Canageek @Cherylb I drove from Detroit to Denver years ago and had to change frequency on the FM adapter about once every hour. It was infuriating.

@maxeddy I dunno, there were cassette decks that plugged into an 8track player, and actually drew their power from it. (I know this 'cause techmoan stuck an MP3 player in a cassette shell into one: )

@keiyakins @maxeddy
I did this in my 79 Mercury Cougar in 2002 - played my 32mb Rio mp3 player through a CD/cassette adapter plugged into an 8-track adapter, plugged into the car's 8-track player.


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.)

@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 @hellojed
I have a *Bluetooth* version. The battery life is atrocious. It takes this triumph to the next-level.

@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 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 code accumulates so many things like this

i would swear my job is literally making janky adapters like this every day

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