How to Transfer Cassette Tapes to a PC

Updated February 21, 2017

If you've got a big pile of cassettes stacked up on your shelves and want to listen to them again, you can transfer your cassette tapes to a PC. From there you can play the music on your computer, upload it to the web or even burn it to a CD. The process involves hooking up a cassette player to your PC with an audio connection cord, and then capturing the cassette to your computer with an audio capture program.

Position the cassette player next to the PC. Plug it in if needed.

Insert one end of a mini adaptor cable into the output jack on the cassette player.

Insert the other end of the jack into the microphone input on your computer.

Start up your audio editing/capture software. PCs come with built-in audio capturing software. You can use the Windows default audio capture, or any specialised audio capture software that came installed with your PC. You can also use a specialised audio capture program. Audacity is an open source audio software program that is freely downloadable.

Press play on the cassette player.

Press the record button in your audio capturing software. Press stop when finished.


You can use a portable Walkman to capture the audio from your cassettes, as well.


Do not use this method to copy songs or materials for which you do not have permission.

Things You'll Need

  • Cassette player
  • Mini adaptor connector cable
  • Computer
  • Audio capture program
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.