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Hype HY-2010-TP USB Portable Tape to MP3 Converter

by Hype

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  • USB or battery powered design
  • Portable and lightweight design
  • 3.5mm jack for headphones or speakers
  • Audacity conversion software included
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Product Specifications

Brand NameHype

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.7 x 5.4 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004O7UNKM
  • Item model number: HY-2010-TP
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,259 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2011

Product Description

We know you can't part with those stacks of cassettes you've got shoved in your basement or in storage somewhere. Now you don't have to! Take your collection digital with our tape-to-mp3 converter. With the included conversion software, you can convert your tapes to mp3 files and play them on your iTunes. Now you can revisit all those old-school songs you can't seem to give up.

Customer Reviews

With pressure on it, the sound quality would increase.
Crissy
The little USB cable and the Audacity software are nice to have, though, so it's not a total loss.
Darrell M.
The door feels like it will fall off and the volume control just sort of floats.
Philip Pizzuti

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Philip Pizzuti on September 24, 2011
I had high hopes for this when I bought it. The software is pretty good and easy to use but the unit is a poorly constructed piece of junk. I made two recordings which were passable. After that the speed is off and the recordings are slower than they should be which seriously affects the sound. On some the speed varied. There is no precision in the workmanship of the product. The door feels like it will fall off and the volume control just sort of floats. This is a toy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Crissy on December 25, 2011
The unit itself is cheap plastic junk, and the software is not user friendly. The audio clarity would change if you pressed on the door. With pressure on it, the sound quality would increase. Otherwise, it sounded muffled. I never did get it to work which was disappointing. I have over 400 tapes I want to convert, but this wasnt the answer.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TwinMom on May 31, 2012
This thing is underpowered junk. When the front spindle gets burdened by about 10 minutes of tape, it becomes very sensitive to any changes in tension ... meaning it will speed up or slow down and create a lot of pitch distortion. I suppose that may be OK on some things (lectures? some genres of music?), but not OK for my purpose (classical). The head is also very sensitive to imperfections on tapes, bleeding thru strange changes in volume, tape hiss, and other things my original tape decks did not. You can edit out some, but not all; what a hassle though. I guess I will haul out my cassette deck left from my 1987 stereo and try to find a way to hook it up now (along with the turntable, just do everything at once).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darrell M. on October 28, 2012
As the other reviewers have said, this is a waste of money. The construction is cheap, flimsy, brittle plastic of the sort you'd find in bad carnival prizes. You know, the blister-packed Walkman knockoffs in bright colors and horrible fake chrome from twenty-five years ago (and hey, whaddaya know, these are made in China, too!) that your little sibling or niece or nephew that was hopped up on cotton candy hounded you for and after spending fifteen bucks and half an hour at the rigged game you finally won for them and it broke by the next afternoon. And then you found one just like it at the dollar store the next week. Basically, it's one of those, but with a USB interface and cable and a nicer package. The motor is incapable of turning a 90 minute Chrome Oxide cassette at the required speed, so even if the batteries held up through a complete play, you'd have a slow, warbly copy of your tapes. Perhaps with shorter tapes and luck of the draw on the build you might get a unit that could play at proper, consistent speed, or you might have better luck using an AC adapter, but this doesn't come with one. Personally, I'm writing this one off as a learning experience. The little USB cable and the Audacity software are nice to have, though, so it's not a total loss. Then again, I'm one of those who sees the little plastic cup as being half full rather than half empty, even though what's in it is a urine sample.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Tutite on March 20, 2012
I bought this on a closeout site ($10!!), and after reading the reviews here, i thought I'd be tossing this in the garbage soon enough...but to my surprise, it does transfers well!

There's a hole on the bottom of the unit to adjust the speed (if needed), and while the head alignment can't be adjusted while playing back a tape, it sounded ok for most old cassettes I tried. (Some were a bit muddy sounding though, although that might have been the head alignment as these recordings were over 20 years old.) There's a volume control and headphone jack too, of course.

I did not use or need the disk that came with this, I had an up-to-date copy of Audacity already (free, Google it), and my PC installed the unit instantly upon connecting it to a USB port.

It has a battery compartment, but I am running it off the USB connection with no problems. I use it with Audacity, again with no issues. I can understand if someone buys this with little or no patience and has trouble with the settings (input/output) in Audacity, but a reasonable knowledge of computer software & hardware is required! Otherwise, this isn't for you, and you'll get better results from a more expensive stand-alone deck and cables to get the audio into your PC.

Maybe I was lucky with this, but for the $$$, I say give it a shot if you know what you're doing....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Flanders on March 20, 2013
I LOVE Amazon! But shame on them for carrying this, and also for leaving out that it was for Windows/PCs only. The only thing it "converts" is your $20 bucks into thin air. I'm sure even if it didn't simply fall apart in your hands as you insert your batteries, you'd realize very quickly: This is simply JUNK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Cate on May 15, 2013
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Failed. I couldn't get it to play or upload to my computer. I'll give it another try, when I can spend more time trying to figure out the instructions, and use a different computer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on April 5, 2013
This is a flimsy piece of crap. Loud background sound, I returned it. It was cheaply made and not a product I would consider to tape archiving. Waste of money.
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