11. 06. 2008
Mix Tape USB Drive
I think the first time you think "kids today just don't understand...", you officially become an old person. I crossed that line last week when I came across an old cassette tape in my car and found, to my excitement, that the very faded label read "Always Blue". It was one of my last mixed tapes ever- something from the 90s, complete with melodramatic title, and catchy, anthemic songs of woe, suicide, and repression (and not all by the Smiths). I vividly remembered the experience of making the tape, with my double-cassette boombox with built-in CD, with stacks of CDs and tapes piled up, ceiling-high, and I suddenly missed those days- when it was worth the effort to spend almost the entire day to get a mix just right- sometimes re-recording a song five or six times until the last bit of fading music didn't get accidentally cut off. You have to have lived to understand. These days I am too lazy to make playlists most of the time, and hit "random" if I want to be surprised.
I got so nostalgic that day, and even more so when I came across this Mix tape USB drive, I immediately wanted one. This isn't the first attempt at re-creating the pre-iTunes mix tape magic, but earlier attempts didn't look exactly like a cassette. This one is big enough to drop on the floor of your car and discover many years later. Of course, cars don't have USB connections (they soon will, I'm sure) but these 512 mb drives can be a romantic symbol of un-hope for holding downloads of songs you can use to make an iMix to send to your unresponsive crush.
Mix tape USB drives are $18 at the always-cool Fred Flare.