If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s (and even before), you probably have a handful of vinyl records lying around in your attic or garage. Many of these are probably classics by now–some songs obsolete, but some perhaps brought back to fame due to recent events. For instance, there was a clamor for Michael Jackson’s music after his death. I should know; I know some relatives who tried to scour their attics for their much-loved, but long-forgotten MJ records from old.
While newer technologies are constantly surpassing older ones in terms of quality and features, vinyl records do have some novelty in them. There’s this certain sense of nostalgia with going old school. And in some cases, you might have no other choice than vinyl records, especially for long-forgotten artists whose works weren’t re-mastered in digital or other newer format.
A good in-between is how gadgets like this briefcase USB turntable from ThinkGeek can successfully marry old technology with new.
Pop-open the latches and take a look inside to find a high-quality belt driven turntable. The built in speakers allow self contained playback of all the vinyl you can shake a stick at… and that’s quite a bit. What’s more however is the integrated USB port, which allows you to plug the turntable directly into your laptop and convert your oldfangled vinyl into newfangled digital audio files perfect for burning on CD or transferring to your iPod or iPhone.
The turntable works well enough on its own. I guess this would a hit at parties with like-minded geeks who might be audiophiles as well. Or perhaps you want to preserve your collection of old tracks by ripping these into MP3s. Don’t count on IDv3 tags being automatically imported, though!