Two years ago there was a fair amount of buzz over a USB-based turntable from Ion, which plugs right into the PC and lets you rip that vinyl that’s been cluttering up your room. Apparently it’s sold well enough to justify a spin-off product: the TAPE2USB cassette deck, with actual switching for chromium-dioxide (Type II) and metal (Type IV) tape types.
Some form of the machine has apparently been floating around the rest of the world for some time now, but this is the first I’d heard of it. It won’t be a must-buy for me, though, until they add in Dolby B noise reduction, which so far I haven’t seen in Audacity and which Audacity developers say would be “tricky to get … right without straight-up copying the actual process,” something they’d like to avoid for the obvious reason. However, there is apparently a Winamp plugin with a built-in Dolby B workalike, so hope is not yet entirely dashed.