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LP 2 CD, one of the many audio conversion products offered by Ion Audio, lets you convert your vinyl records directly onto a CD or onto your Mac.
I’ve finally imported my entire CD collection into iTunes, but what about my old cassette tapes and LPs? I can’t just repurchase them from the iTunes Store, because my cassettes are filled with my own authored music and my LPs are out-of-print.
Upon receiving your question, we let out a big sigh and looked over at a dusty stack of cassette tapes that we’ve also been meaning to convert--for the last 10 years! Fortunately, this conversion is a relatively painless process thanks to a company called Ion Audio, which makes a variety of products for turning your analog audio into digital format. Their product line includes the following:
LP 2 Flash ($199.99, www.ionaudio.com) is a turntable that rips your LPs directly to a USB flash drive, an SD media card, or your Mac. LP Dock ($249) is a turntable that rips LPs directly to your Mac, an iPod (fifth generation or classic), or an iPod nano (second or third generation). LP 2 CD ($399) is a turntable that rips LPs directly to CDs or to your Mac. We reviewed a turntable from Numark in this issue called the TTi ($449, www.numark.com) on p86 that also digitizes music LPs.
Tape 2 PC ($149.99, www.ionaudio.com) is a cassette deck that rips your tapes to your Mac in MP3 format. It also doubles as a real dual-dubbing cassette deck that you can plug into any stereo system.