Transfering Cassette Tapes to a Computer (Cheapest to Expensive)
Transfering Cassette Tapes to a Computer (Cheapest to Expensive)
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Transfering Cassette Tapes to a Computer (Cheapest to Expensive)

By Dillon Wallace


It’s time to dust off that old box full of cassettes and give your old mixtapes a little modern day CPR. Digitizing your old library of audio recordings is the only surefire way to ensure they’re not forgotten. After all, the more time that passes, the greater chance you won’t be able to track down a cassette player – or even worse – risk damaging your tapes.

But don’t worry, because there are 3 ways to directly transfer cassette tapes to your computer. Just be warned that it’ll require certain software and hardware that you may or may not have, plus time and money … that you also may or may not have.

Cost: Digitizing Cassette Tapes at Home

When it comes to the equipment required for transferring cassettes to computers, it’s not only the cost that can become the problem. It boils down more to actually finding and acquiring equipment that hasn’t been relevant for decades.

The cost to convert your cassettes to a digital format at home can total anywhere between $100 - $500 due to equipment, software and time spent. Starting with purchasing a cassette deck that can cost anywhere from $100 – $150. But, if you want to go the easier transferring route and find one that has a built-in CD recorder, that’s going to be about $350 on Amazon or eBay. Finally, you need time. A 1 hour cassette will take 1 hour to digitize, so plan on spending hours recording your old media.

3 Ways to Transfer Cassette Tapes to Your Computer

Method #1: USB Cassette Converters (Cheapest)

If you're looking for a cheaper DIY alternative to recording cassettes to PC, then let technology be your friend. The AGPtek Tape to PC Super USB converter (and other similar cassette tape converter products) look like an old Walkman, but records directly to your computer via USB. It’s only around $25 and can convert tapes into MP3 files.


The only problem? You’ve got to record the tapes to your computer in real-time, as that’s how it captures the audio file. So if you’ve got a trunk full of old cassettes, you’ve got weeks worth of recording time ahead of you. A secondary issue with this method is that it’s not compatible with Macs only Windows operating systems. Sorry, Apple fanatics.

Method #2: RCA Cassette Tape Deck (Most Expensive)

Audio digitization isn’t quite as easy as hitting the record button on your tape deck like back in the day. If you’re using a program like Audacity, you’re going to need more than just the recording software

To transfer old audio tape content to your computer, you’ll need to round up a cassette tape deck (preferably with RCA output or a 3.5 mm mini-plug). And unless you’re a hipster or audiophile, you don’t just have a 30 (plus)-year-old piece of equipment laying around the house.


But that’s not all, after you secure a tape deck, you’re going to also need a stereo RCA cable with a mini-jack connector or mini-male to male cable, and a sound card.

Method #3: Cassette Digitizing Service (Cost Effective)

Why waste time and effort searching for old, obsolete equipment to copy cassette tapes to your computer? Not to mention the actual man-hours of the conversion process, worrying about audio quality or finding the right adapter?

Take advantage of our $9 per tape offer today. You get a postage-paid-for box to package all your tapes in and send back to us. We’ll handle the rest. You’ll get your digital files on a USB thumb drive, link to your high quality digital files via our cloud, or CD as well as your original cassettes.


Consider using Legacybox for an easier, more time-friendly way to preserve your favorite mixtapes and personal audio cassettes.

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