Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by fjs08, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    How can I get music from a cassette tape to the Mac and iTunes???


  2. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    well you'd need some sort of audio capture device... in general probably using a device made for hardware... some examples are el gato's eye tv, or formac's studio, etc. what type of system do you have? if you have a powermac, you could theoretically get a new eyetv pci card that allows you to capture video/audio... that is under $100 i think, the other hardware devices are more like $200+

    i'm guessing that if you just have a tape or two you want to do this with, that type of investment isn't worth it. try to find someone who has the capabilities and could do it for you. if not, you may have to buy the hardware or pay a company to do it (which might be cheaper if you just have one tape). heck, you could probably find someone here on macrumors who would do it for a couple. (myself included) hah

    let me know if you need more specifics, and let us know your system and other details so we can give more specific ideas
  3. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Or you can get an RCA to 1/8" audio adapter for about $5 at Radio Shack, and plug your cassette deck into the line-in of your Mac, and use the free program Audacity to record. Then split up the songs, export them as mp3s, and add them into iTunes.
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Plug your tape deck into the line in on your Mac. Set the levels and use a program like Sound Studio or Spark LE to capture/digitize it. Then save it as your preferred file format.

    Edit: Gazumped by LeeTom! :D
  5. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2005
    I prefer the +$200 idea myself. Especially if you REALLY like the cassette. :rolleyes:

    Just kidding jelloshot. Your doing it the hardcore professional way, while the rest of us would probably just go the "line in" "free software" way. Its not your solution, but the disparity in the solutions offered that made me chuckle.

    When I bought Toast, it came with some sort of software and cable to do this exact thing. Do you have toast? And did it come with these extra bits?
  6. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    wow, i didn't really realize there was a line in on macs. shows what i know!

    well, i hereby take back my suggestion. what a waste of time! hah

    i could've sworn that line in was only on some macs, and even that it had been lost recently (as opposed to my old old beige g3 which i'm pretty sure had video capture built in too....)

    this is why i rarely post help. hah
  7. dscan99 macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2004
    Nashville, TN

    Or if you have an iBook which doesn't come with the line-in, you could buy an USB audio capture device like Griffin's iMic and hook one end into your cassette player and the other USB end into your iBook and away you go.. I recommend Audacity too for recording. Have fun!
  8. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    Don't forget GarageBand...

    Or you can record the audio signal into GarageBand ---> iTunes ---> burn to CD. :D
  9. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    >>RCA to 1/8" audio adapter for about $5 at Radio Shack, and plug your cassette deck into the line-in of your Mac<,
    Ok pardon my stupidity. I have a ton of adapters, cables around the house. Is there an easy way to ID this adapter, or is it something special I would have to get, which isn't a problem. And where is the line in on a Titanium Powerbook??


  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Is that what happens when someone beats you to the first post to explain the Gazintas and Gazoutas?
  11. Mr. "D" macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    How? OK, I dumb! How?

    Hooked up the line from a cassette deck to the audio imput on my G4 tower, but how do I get it to imput intor Garage Band?

    I can see the input levels in the sound control panels of the O.S., but I don't know how to input it into Garage Band!

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