How to Convert Audio Cassette Tapes to MP3 Free Software

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How to Convert Audio Cassette Tapes to MP3 Free Software
Transfer music to MP3s to play them from your iPod. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A number of free programs let you create MP3s from cassettes. These programs import audio from your computer's sound card and save them as MP3 music files. To actually get the sound from the cassettes to play through your sound card, however, you must connect your computer to an external tape deck. The audio out port in most cassette decks, which is meant for headphones, is compatible with your computer's audio input, which is meant for a microphone. They both connect using a 3.5mm audio jack.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cassette deck
  • 3.5mm audio cable

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  1. 1

    Download and install one of the free MP3 programs from the links in "Resources."

  2. 2

    Plug the audio cable into your computer's microphone port and your tape deck's headphones port.

  3. 3

    Insert the audio cassette into your tape deck. Rewind it.

  4. 4

    Open your audio software and click the on-screen "Record" button.

  5. 5

    Press your tape player's "Play" button. Let it run to the end.

  6. 6

    Click the on-screen "Stop" button.

  7. 7

    Click "File" from the menu bar, and select "Export as MP3."

  8. 8

    Type a file name into the "Export" dialogue box, and choose a location to save your file. Click "Save."

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