Those who are too young will probably not appreciate the MIXXTAPE as much as the older of us will. Just laying your eyes on this audio device will certainly bring back a lot of memories. Your first mixtape, the songs it contained, how good it was listening to it. Unfortunately, only a few songs could be recorded on the traditional mixtape. The modern MIXXTAPE, however, can house all your favorite jams in one place. It looks like a cassette, it even works as a cassette if you want it too, but it’s not exactly a cassette. At this point, it is a Kickstarter project, and it could turn int one of the best audio devices. The crowdfunding campaign already reached its goal, so the MIXXTAPE will become reality, without a doubt.
At first glance, the MIXXTAPE looks like an ordinary cassette. However, if you take a closer look, you will find it is a truly sophisticated device and quite a modern one. It is actually a fully functional music player. This little gadget may look like the good old tapes you have at home, but it is much more. It has a built-in LCD display and touch navigation, a headphone jack, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, and it even offers Bluetooth 3.0 and ERD connectivity. Besides these, it also plays as a regular cassette. It will actually work with the majority of cassette players. That is if you can find one laying around your house.
The MIXXTAPE is most certainly one of the coolest gadgets we’ve seen in the past few months. It looks like an item you might find in your attic, but it actually is a great and performant device. You can connect it to your PC or MAC to transfer music to it, and then you can listen to those songs via headphones, by connecting the device to a Bluetooth speaker, or by inserting the mixtape into a cassette player.It supports a great number of audio formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC. Its carbon fiber finish might not influence its functionality, but it certainly adds to its value. Thanks to the materials used in manufacturing it, the MIXXTAPE looks and feels quite premium.
The great thing about this project is that Mixxim, the developing team, did not settle for delivering a device that looks like a cassette. They also added a magnetic band to it, so that it will also work as one. This might not mean much to some people, but to those of us who actually made mix tapes, it is a nice reminder of the past. Of course, the new gadget offers all the great features of modern technology, which is great. Toggling between songs is a lot easier now and also, you can store a huge number of your favorite songs on the MIXXTAPE. It supports microSD cards of up to 64GB. That’s a lot of songs.
Those who choose to back this project can get their hands on a MIXXTAPE for only $40. The estimated retail price of the gadget will be $80, so this is a great deal. In this price, backers will also get an 8GB microSD card and a microUSB charging cable. The price also includes a jewel case and some preloaded jams. If everything goes according to plans, the device should start shipping in November. At this point, the MIXXTAPE is only available in black. If the crowdfunding project will reach its extra goals, it will also become available in white and clear color options. We would be really interested in seeing how the clear cassette would reveal all the modern components that are now inside it.