Old-School MP3 Player

Have you been looking for a way to recapture the glory days of your youth that doesn't involve Botox or having someone cut and paste your face back together? Do you want to return to the days of big hair, glam rock and synthesized sounds that were the '80s but don't have the flux capacitor and 1.21 gigawatts needed for a quick trip back in time? The folks at ThinkGeek.com have you covered.

ThinkGeek's new cassette MP3 player takes something old and something new and smushes them together to create a technological chimera. The result is an MP3 player that totally kicks it old school! Not only does it have a headphone jack for you to be the cock of the walk when you're strutting around town sans mobile, it also works with any cassette player.

This means that those of you who have been holding off on upgrading your car's stereo because you weren't sure CDs were going to catch on finally have something to cheer about. Just pop this baby into your car's tape deck and jam out. And for those really looking to push the boundaries of retro-cool, use this with a giant-ass boombox while moonwalking and doing the Robot.

The player has no internal storage of its own, but is compatible with SD/MMC cards up to 2 Gigs. That's tons of room for reliving the joys and heartbreaks that come from making that perfect "mix tape."

For a scant $39.99 the player can be yours, making you the envy of all those well-to-do iPod owners with their fancy videos and their touchscreens. Rock on, dude! Rock on. -John Sciacca

John Sciacca is The Custom Installer columnist for Sound & Vision. His company is Custom Theater and Audio.