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The Mixtape Lives

from The New York Times

The Mixtape Is Back!

By JOHN BIGGS

They say that fashion is cyclical. The same goes for technology. Sure, most cellphones are the epitome of trendiness, but just think how cool you’ll be if you hark back to the 1980s with AirCassette, an app that turns your iPhone into a cassette player.

The $1.99 app, available in the iTunes App Store, displays your music in handwritten script on a background designed to resemble a cassette tape. The reels actually spin and you can create and share mixtapes with your friends via e-mail or Facebook, just as we used to do back in 1986. Finnish programming house Majasalmi, known for its Russian Roulette iPhone game, designed and built this decidedly more low-key app.

Watching a cassette tape spin on the iPhone’s high-resolution display is oddly calming and, thanks to digital compression, the audio is far superior in AirCassette than it ever was on my Sony Walkman.

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Posted on November 14, 2011 by Editor

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