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For some time my daughter has wanted her audio tapes to be transferred to MP3. I researched various means - other than using cables to reach from my CD/Cassette player into the computer. Most recently I considered the more direct means offered by the small cassette players to computer converters coming into the market. Here I found the reviews on Amazon very helpful. In the end I decided to try this one. After all, I considered if it wasn't very expensive and if it didn't work, not much would be lost.
I have to say I am delighted with it and although there is no getting around the time factor as it goes into the computer in real-time, it is pretty straightforward. Just a minor hiccup in that to export the finished recording as an MP3 with the music software 'Audacity', you have to find - lame_enc.dll.. However, I found that in a folder marked 'Lame for Audacity' in 'Programs'. It may be different for others, depending on whether you use WinXP or something else.
In addition to putting the contents of the tapes onto the computer and converting them to MP3, I've also discovered how Audacity can, if required, enhance or change the recording. I was rather dismayed at having to listen to what I consider monotonous 'trance' or 'techno' for 45 mins at a time, however, other than listening through the supplied earphones to know when to press 'record' and choosing not to listen whilst the music played, it is possible to actually see from the sound waves, how it is progressing, Should you decide to make a cup of tea and so end up missing the finish, you can highlight and delete the flat-line which shows when the recording has finished.
I don't know how long this little item will last, but so far I am very pleased with it.