Friday, June 15, 2012

Cassettes into CDs Tutorial

Did you know that you can make a cassette tape into a CD??

Does anybody even have cassettes anymore...? Haha!

So I am working on building up a listening area for next year. Whether or not I can make Daily Five work for me, I definitely need a listening area so my chillins don't go off the deep end during reading time. :)

Anyway, I have found or acquired a number of books on tape, but I didn't think I really wanted to have to deal with the kids rewinding tapes or pulling all the tape out. This past year they all did fine with CDs when we would listen to our Reader stories, so I wanted to make my tapes into CDs, and my brother helped me figure out how to do it!

Here's what you need!
You can also use a tape player if you have one in your CD player! It just takes up less room if you do it this way. :) I got my auxiliary cable at Meijer for like $10; you can find them in the electronics area!

First, download and install the Audacity software. It is free and safe!
Then plug one end of your auxiliary cable into the headphone area of your Walkman or tape player and plug the other end into the microphone part of your computer.
Open up Audacity, hit play on your Walkman, then hit record on Audacity!
When you have recorded your whole tape, push stop. Then, click on File and then Export...
It should automatically come up to save as a WAV file. Name it whatever you want. I saved mine to my desktop. Then I added it to Itunes and burned it to a CD! Done and done.

I don't know if anyone will be able to use this little tutorial, but if you need it then hooray! Let me know if anything is unclear. :)

I'm off to find more books on tape!!! Happy Friday!


  1. OMG thanks for this!! I just bookmarked this specific page... I need to make time to do this over the summer. Thank you Thank you!!!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  2. I can really use this...our PTO just purchased me a set of wireless headsets and CD player. I have at least 40 cassette stories and books!

  3. Thank you for this tip! I have SO many books on tape that I don't use because tape players are a pain! I will definitely be trying this out!

  4. I just tagged this post! Thanks for the tip. I will definitely share with my colleagues.

  5. I totally have to do this. I am the queen of listening centers--and I am always worried about what I will do if something happens to the tapes OR the player!!!! :)
    You also gave me an idea for a post - I will send you an email if I talk about it and link back to this so that you get credit!!

  6. Wow! Thanks! I have used Audacity for recording and mixing, but NEVER thought about this. I have several cassettes that I have been wanting to transfer to cd. This is SO helpful. Thanks, again!

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just knew there must be a way to do this, just had never figured it out! This is a great tutorial - makes total sense!

  8. I have almost 20 years worth of books on tape!!! You just made my day! I hate it when I pull out a book to read and know I have a tape for it and nothing to play it on in my classroom.


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