Makerbot Mixtape Goes Retro With Cassette Tapes

MakerBot MixtapeOver the past decade, technology has changed the way we share music. There is no longer a need to painstakingly record mixtapes and physically send cassettes to their respective recipients. The task has now been reduced to just several mouse clicks or taps.

But there’s something missing. People can no longer experience the dedication in creating a mixtape. Receiving a playlist on Spotify is not the same as receiving a physical mixtape in person.

To bring back this nostalgic experience, MakerBot, a company specializing in 3D-printers, has introduced the MakerBot Mixtape.

The product is basically an MP3 player enclosed in a case that resembles a compact cassette.  Its built-in 2GB storage allows you to digitally “record” hundreds of songs onto the “tape,” without having to turn sides on the cassette – yay for that.

And worry not, your friends will not have to source a cassette player in order to appreciate your creation. They can simply plug an earphone into the cassette and start listening. The downside is the battery only lasts four hours.

If you think it’s a good idea, the Mixtape costs $39 a pop, or $25 if you own a MakerBot 3D printer and want to print the chassis yourself. But for the sake of comparison, a 2GB iPod Shuffle costs $49 each and comes with 10 hours of battery life, VoiceOver, and a built-in clip. No cassette, however.

How nostalgic are you?

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