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.
@shepardstone @drewcassidy @josh_robusto @maxeddy There's a type of wire that's covered in isolating lacquer. You wind it up into a coil very tightly, the lacquer makes it so each turn is isolated from each other. You put electric current through the wire, it has to go through the whole length of the wire, but it's creating a magnetic field along the way. The electric current is varied according to the volume of the music, and the changes in the magnetic field are carried over.
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.
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 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 bonus points if the 3.5mm plug then goes into a lightning adapter and connects to a new iPhone
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 code accumulates so many things like this
i would swear my job is literally making janky adapters like this every day
@netscaler It just ouputs the signal from the cable onto a piece of metal that presses against the reader in the tape player! It's really clever.
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