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Tuesday
Aug022016

Car Stereo Cassette Adapters - the circle of life

What do you do when new releases dry up for your car stereo's tape format but you don't want to install a whole new head unit? The answer is to buy an adapter.  In the video below you can see two adapters. One that ushered in the compact cassette age and the other that saw them out again 25 years later.

You can find the MP3 cassette player on eBay - but I should warn you that it is a cheap plasticy novelty gadget rather than a quality device. 

UPDATE - 3rd August 

I have been informed that I have STOLEN the idea for this video from a video that until yesterday I'd never seen - here is that video  (I was avoiding reading youtube comments - but this one was tweeted to me).
  
The idea for this video came from a 31/3/16 Tweet from Mike Finnell. I then purchased the items I'd need to make this video  - here's a picture of my ebay order history but it's really no surprise to me that this idea has been done before - after all they sold Cassette to 8-Track adaptors and they also sold MP3 to Cassette adaptors....both are still freely available on ebay so guess what anyone who makes videos about old tech and also owns both adaptors and an 8-track player is going to do. To be honest I expected there would be half a dozen videos on youtube doing this. The fact there is just one other was a surprise.
  
See The Simpsons already did it...for more about how many obvious situations or ideas have been done before.
 
People have been messing with MP3s and 8-tracks for years...here's one video I remember seeing in 2013 when I was first getting into 8-track  - it's from 2010 where a chap has modded an 8-track cart to fit an iPod inside. 
..and here's an earlier article from 2009 about doing the same thing with a different MP3 player.
 
I don't search youtube to see if someone has made a video on the same topics as I am working on, so similar coincidences will very probably happen again....in fact I guarantee that many of the subjects of my videos will have been discussed by someone at some time somewhere.
 
I know that I've seen more than one person making a video about the Commodore 64 and listing the best games for it - I never considered that these people had Stolen the idea for these videos from each other - but perhaps that's because my brain is functioning normally. 
 
I have a room full of old tech, bought just to be used in future videos. I'm sure many other people will also own these same things and may also make videos about them. If the idea of two or more people making videos about the same gadgets from the past is in some way traumatising for you - it may be best to avoid my videos as I can't promise that all my consumer electronics items are unique (because consumer electronics items aren't unique).

 

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My 2c
I think your brain functions better than normal Mr Matt, so please continue, if the BBC can roll out repeat after repeat and ask people to pay for the same old crap then I am sure there is no issue with u putting your own spin on older retro ideas, with added tips n tricks.

Long live Tec "moan" (oh I am sorry Tec and moan are already English words, did u steal them too? :@)

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I bought a MobiBLU DAH220 MP3 player / FM radio years ago that went into a car's cassette slot. It's still very useful since the CD stacker in my aging BMW is getting more intolerant, but this little player works fine in the concealed tape player ... or outside of it as a pocket player/radio/recorder. There's no ON/OFF switch really required - auto on with the car's cassette controls, then auto-off after a delay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLQF6OYVU_0
http://www.mobiblu.com.mx/soporte/manuales/DAH-220.pdf

When in a car (or any other) cassette player, the car's tape controls work/replicate the MobiBLU's controls. Although there's no tape, even FWD/REV works to some extent, possibly counting seconds/rotations and jumping through the MP3s an appropriate time. I still find it quite amazing to use, and certainly handy in a 13yo car with a fussy CD stacker and no built-in Bluetooth.

I managed to get some spare rechargeable batteries to use on long road trips since the 'stickgum' battery is an odd-ball shape and only a home charger was supplied. It even has an LCD 'remote control' on a cable. While probably not useful when in most cassette players, it is when used as a portable device.

Cheers!

August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Your video is better.

And thank you for spreading the warning about those AC fire hazards, sorry, AC adaptors.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermesh

Re cheap and nasty AC adaptors. There's a YouTube review from someone with electrical expertise who, if I recall correctly, smashed his way into several cheap AC USB adaptors attempting to find the best/safest one on the UK market. His conclusion was a multi-USB model from Ikea. The internal design was excellent for electrical safety and noise, and it was still relatively cheap. So I went and bought one. It also charges rather well :)

I should add that this adaptor reviewer wasn't as listenable and entertaining as 'our' Mat here.

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Bigclivedotcom on YouTube is a good source of technical info on this kind of thing...bring a proper electrical engineer means that he knows a lot more about these things than I do.

August 5, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,

Sorry to say, but your videos are so much more informative, entertaining and overall lovable than the others I have seen on the some subject...Please keep doing them. And please, complain time to time about stupid comments... it is so much fun your alter ego !

August 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCiro

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