[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: Digitizing audiotapes/audiobooks

Martin Gill martinsgill at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 08:09:52 GMT 2007


On 08/03/07, Steve McCarter <slm at kodetroll.com> wrote:
> This same tape player is available cheaper from geeks.com (~$90):
>
> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=PLUSDECK2C&cpc=SCH
>
> ...~Steve>
>
> >So I'm just wondering what the rest of list uses to convert cassettes
> >to digital. My tape player doesn't output enough volume for the line
> >input. I have considered a computer-controlled tape player, but it's
> >fairly expensive for what it really is -
> >http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/7a8d/
>

I've looked at this thing before, and the truth is, at $120 it's about
half the price of my first ever CD-ROM drive (2-speed, an absolute
luxury item at the time).

For myself, it's not worth it. I don't actually have that many audio
tapes, certainly not enough to warrant a specialised player. That
said, replacing all my tapes with CDs so I can rip them easily would
still cost me considerably more than a specialised tool.

What might be worth it though is if a couple of people get together,
buy the thing and then share it out. Or, one person buys it that has
easy access to it during the day (maybe someone who works from home)
and offers to encode tapes from listees at 25/50c a tape or something
( I don't see it as being much work, just need to replace the tap
every so often and hit "go" ). Loads benefit without anyone having too
big an (in the long run) expense.

--Martin


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