Audio cassettes were great in their day, weren't they? Taping stuff off the radio, compiling party mixes, C60s, C90s, er, reeling in mangled tape using a pencil, forgetting what side you were supposed to be rewinding, accidentally recording over your favourites actually, on second thoughts, tapes were a bit rubbish.
The trouble is you've probably got several boxfuls of cassettes filled with precious recordings languishing in the cupboard. And that's why you need the ingenious Plus Deck.
This back to the future bit of kit is a full logic, front-loading cassette deck that can convert, edit and play tapes on your PC. Once you've hooked up the Plus Deck you can rediscover the music and sounds you grew up with in MP3 format, archive your collection, or simply use it to play tapes on your computer.
It really is amazing what you find on old cassettes - we've already discovered the top 40 countdown from 1984 (complete with Richard Skinner informing the nation that 99 Red Balloons is still number one), a 2Unlimited mix (interrupted by someone saying 'testing, testing' then belching) and a recording of Granny Firebox prattling on about the blitz. And that was just from one C90! Next up, we're going to convert all our audiobooks and Learn German tapes that have been collecting dust for the past decade. Ooh, ja!
Easily installed in any spare 5.25" bay of your computer, the idiot-proof Plus Deck is packed with user-friendly features and the conversion software is a doddle to suss. It even boasts auto reverse so you can play both sides of the tape without ejecting it.
Once you start converting you'll be totally hooked. And when you eventually run out of tapes to digitize, you can bet your wonky spools that friends and relatives will come a knocking with their collections. So hurry up and get ordering - you won't have to stretch your fingers to press 'rec' and 'play' simultaneously, just hit the Buy button. Sound!