A favorite staple here at CBS-FM is Turntable Tuesday. Every week our jocks thumb through our extensive vinyl collection to deliver to you those warm, smooth sounds you can only achieve when listening to a record. Whether it’s a 12″ or a 45, we spin the hits the same way you heard them many years ago.
While we love the sound vinyl offers, they aren’t exactly “mobile.” Even if you could strap a record player to your back as you walked the street or took the subway to work, it is highly unlikely that needle isn’t going to jump. And sharing those old chestnuts with your kids isn’t exactly easy, especially since they moved out of your basement a few months ago.
“Hey Johnny, listen to this B-side from a rare Beatles 45 I found in the attic! I’ll smail it to ya, even though it’s going to cost me $25 and take 5-7 days.”
Stop it. There’s an easy and relatively inexpensive way to turn the warmer tones from your vinyl into an easily transferable and transportable file.
Vinyl-To-MP3 USB turntables will bring your vinyl onto your Mac or PC so you can store your extensive record collection in one convenient place and take that vintage sound with you on that iPod Johnny bought you on your birthday last year.
Many of these devices are plug-and-play, so there’s no need to troubleshoot or configure settings, meaning you can get right to transferring your music. You simply spin the record and it saves as an mp3. Now when you shut your eyes on the LIRR it will seem like your at home on your uncharacteristically uncomfortable couch. You can also forget about snail mail and easily email that mp3 to friends or family.
You don’t even have to worry about plugging most of these devices into an outlet for power, as many of them also draw their juice from the USB itself.
Alternatively, these turntables also perform the same function it’s simpler ancestors do; they serve as a home stereo and play your records the way vinyl was intended.
Using a quick search, you’ll find these turntables won’t put too much of a strain on your bank account either. You can pick one up for as low as $80, go as high as $250 and anywhere in between at B&H.
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