New portable Bluetooth cassette tape player brings retro audio into 2019
Cassette tapes are having a minor comeback: sales were up almost 19 percent year over year in 2018, and where there's a market, there's a Kickstarter project looking to cash in. Case in point: the Ninm It's OK. It's sort of what a portable cassette player like an original Walkman would be if Sony continued to develop tape-based tech in 2019.
So while the It's OK does the usual tape things, like playing cassettes or letting you record to tapes, it also bills itself as the world's first Bluetooth 5.0 portable cassette player (a claim of such niche specificity that it seems to be true). It allows you to listen to your favorite jams with wireless headphones or even link it to a Bluetooth speaker, should you wish.
The merging of Bluetooth and audio technology from 40 years ago may seem incongruous, but it's not the worst idea ever: assuming you're still the sort of person who'd want to carry around a retro-style cassette player, having to stoop to using a second ancient tech standard - the 3.5mm headphone jack - at the same time might be asking too much. (The It's OK does have a headphone jack, too, though.) It even runs on AA batteries, just like the old Walkmans did.
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