How to Transfer Cassette Tapes to a PC

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How to Transfer Cassette Tapes to a PC
Transfer your cassette tapes to your PC. (cassette tapes image by robert mobley from

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cassette player
  • Mini adaptor connector cable
  • Computer
  • Audio capture program

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Press play on the cassette player.

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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