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Bring back analogue joy with cassette players at OnBuy! This category is dedicated to the chunky plastic music players that defined music for a decade. Whether you're replacing your worn out original or just beginning your tape collection, you'll find terrific choices here, care of our sellers. Examples include re-imagined portable tape players with USB functionality, as well as proper four-track cassette tape recorders fit for recording music on. Explore it now to see for yourself!

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Forget the intangibility of streaming services and bring portable music back to the physical world - and throw in a delicious retro thrill to boot! That's what you get when you buy a cassette player online!

It's official, cassette players and recorders are back in vogue. It's mostly thanks to the seemingly evergreen 80s revival that's been brewing in the cauldrons of pop culture for over a decade. And cassette players are as integral to the 1980s as back-combed hair, the Yamaha DX7 and John Hughes movies. Since they were the first truly portable music, they've remained in everyone's hearts, even when their replacements the portable disc player and later the MP3 player came along.

It isn't just Generation X nostalgia bringing tape players back, but Generation Z as well. Spurred on by fond memories of their parents' nu-metal and bubble gum pop tapes, plus a healthy respect for anything lo-fi, Zoomer music fans and artists alike have embraced the cassette tape, with major pop acts putting their latest releases out on tape as well as other mediums. Some of our products straddle the generation divide too, like a USB cassette player. With the right cable you can connect one of them to your PC to help you backup an old tape collection.

Another reason why you still find cassette players for sale - besides nostalgia and the satisfying feel of sliding a cassette tape into its holder and pressing a chunky 'play' button - is that tapes have a distinct sonic profile. While it's not as high fidelity as vinyl, tape gives recorded music a warm, analogue and soothing sound. Some bands record parts of their music on cassette tape rather than masters for their albums for this reason, most famously Portishead. There's a reason why people have tried to recreate the sound using laptop synthesiser programs - although it's just not the same.

Some of the products you'll see in this category are cassette players and recorders both. They have microphones built into their body that allow you to record over blank tapes. Also known as dictaphones, these devices were used by lawyers and other executives for years.

They've largely been superseded by phone voice recorder apps, but there are cases where you'd still want to use an analogue medium. The first is privacy - you might not trust a free app to keep your inner thoughts confidential. Another reason is making music from tape loops, an innovative and fun way of creating eerie mood music. You can only create the exact feeling with an old tape player.

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