How to Transfer Music on Cassette to CD

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How to Transfer Music on Cassette to CD
One day you may have to transfer your CDs to another format. (hispalois/flikr.com)

Cassettes have fizzled in popularity in the past decade, primarily due to the surge of compact discs and digital music. Many of us still have boxes filled with our favourite cassette tapes; unfortunately, modern cars and music players are not equipped to play them. Transfer your favourite cassette tapes to CD and enjoy the music you haven't heard in years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Software program (free Audacity or AVS Audio Editor)
  • Cassette player
  • 3.5mm cable
  • Blank CD

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download an audio program, such as Audacity or AVS Audio Editor, to record your music and convert it to an MP3 file. Audacity and AVS are free to download (see Resources below).

  2. 2

    Rewind your cassette tape to the point where you want to begin recording. Connect the 3.5mm cable into the cassette player's "Line Out" jack. Connect the other end of the cable to the "Line-In" or "Microphone" jack on the back of your computer tower.

  3. 3

    Open your computer's volume mixer settings. Make sure the "Line-In" volume is not muted or turned off.

  4. 4

    Open your audio editing program and start a new recording. Simultaneously click "Record" on the program while pressing "Play" on the cassette player.

  5. 5

    Save the file as an MP3 when it's finished.

  6. 6

    Insert a blank CD into your disc drive. Most CD burning programs will automatically run when a blank CD is inserted. If not, use your Start menu to access your program.

  7. 7

    Burn the MP3 file to the CD.

Tips and warnings

  • Break songs down into multiple files to allow you to skip between tracks on the CD. When one song finishes, stop the recording and the cassette player. Save the file and start over for the next song.

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