Cassette tapes may be gone, but they will never be forgotten. Like VHS cassette, floppy disk, and the Walkman, they represent a generation of technology lost but cherished in the hearts of those who grew up using them. To bring back memories of the golden age of analog devices, here are some clever modern day gadgets designed in the shape of the good ‘ol audio cassette.
All of the products below are actually available and can be bought by following the links given on each item.
The iMainGo X Portable Speakers is both a speaker system and protective case for iPhones, iPods and MP3 players. The package comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an internal speaker, a 3.5 millimeter auxiliary input and the ability to daisy-chain with other X devices. It even comes with a wrist and carrying strap.
The FunkyFonic Cassette Tape Speaker is another one such product. It is compatible with any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone socket such as MP3 players, PDA, and computers.
USB Flash Drives
Mixa offers cassette shaped USB flash drives that are available in three different colors. You can even customize it by having your custom text printed on it. But for £19.99 and just 1GB storage, Mixa offers poor value for money.
Mix Tape USB Stick is a regular shaped flash drive, but the case is shaped like a cassette. The Mix Tape USB Stick is designed to be gifted to someone with a drive full of music. But again, a paltry 1GB and a hefty price of £20.
The Tape Cassette Tape Measure come with inches and metric units.
This 4-port USB Hub is shaped in the classic cassette form and even comes with two dummy rotating wheels as in real cassette.
The SpitFire MP3 cassette player looks like a portable cassette player. A transparent window displays the cassette tape loaded inside. Actually, it’s just reading ones and zeros from the flash storage inside.
Wallet and Purse
Made from recyclable silicone rubber in the shape of a cassette tape, the Hanitape wallet fastens using magnets so that your cash and cards are kept securely inside. It is available in three bright colors (red, yellow and blue).
Cassette Coin Purse is adorned by a print of a cassette tape one side with the title “The best love songs EVER!” Side A. The Retro Cassette Tape Coin Purse will hold your money, your credit cards, and anything else you might otherwise be carrying in your pockets.
Cassette tape dispenser is an easy-to-use tape dispenser in the form of a cassette tape.
Rew Headphone Cord Wrap is a cord organizer for your iPod and music player shaped as a mini cassette.
EOS Mixtape Watches features an anodized black stainless steel case with a dial consisting of two movable discs which look like the movement of a real cassette tape. On the right dial is where the hands are for the time. There are also orange markers present to indicate time.
Extended Plane Shelf from Rocket is a wall shelf that looks like a huge car stereo player with a cassette tape popping out. The vinyl wall decor is available in two colors: light and dark metallic grey.
Cassette Shoulder Bag comes with retro cassette tape design on both sides, water resistant fabric, zipped top and convenient shoulder carry strap.
Cassette Tape Doormat is a cool way to greet guests to your home. The doormat is made of rubber, washable and available in a range of colors. But at $59 a piece, it’s too expensive.
Ziovani Cassette Tape Pendant Necklace is made of stainless steel and will look dandy around your lady’s neck. You should gift her.
If you are looking for earrings, there is a pair of micro cassette earring from Fredflare and another one from Shanalogic.
The following products are no longer available or discontinued
45 iPod Cases offers a wide selection of cases made from cassette tapes, built to fit your 1st and 2nd generation iPod Nano. The cases are made from actual cassette tapes like Denon, Memorex, Maxell and more. Unfortunately, the product has been discontinued.
The cassette iPhone case apart from keeping your iPhone safe, also acts as a stand for the device, when the case is fully opened.
What is Missing?
Cassette shaped pillows similar to the social media and floppy disk pillows.
Good grief, having lived through the cassette age in early adulthood, I don't need to be reminded of how many times a cassette player ate a tape I was playing, or how many times the tape broke, or how many times one of the little wheels that pulls the tape across froze up and refused to budge…
… and when you pull a stuck tape free, it comes out all wrinkled. That length of the tape never plays good again.
Many times I have snapped tapes trying to free it from a frozen wheel. Then I use to glue the broken ends together. During playback the music jumps when the head encounters the joint.
VHS were the real pain. When a cassette gets stuck, the only way to free it is to take the whole player apart.
Those days ….