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How to import music from cassette tape into iTunes?

15992 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 6, 2009 4:50 AM by garethbarry RSS
blckhed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 4, 2009 9:17 PM
Does anyone know a way to get music from cassette tapes into iTunes. The iTunes help does not seem to cover this idea. Maybe there is some software that could help facilitate this? Any help is appreciated!

Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
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    Jun 4, 2009 10:14 PM (in response to blckhed)
    24" iMac 2.8GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3G - 5 iPods
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
    The iMic as noted works well there is also another from Roxio check at

    MBP 2.5/2/320 - iTunes 8.2 - TV, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPod Touch 32 - iPod Photo 60 gig - iPod 2nd gen 20 gig - Blue Shuffle
  • golfingpair Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Using Garage Band, which is built into Max OS10 it is very easy to convert cassette to itunes . All you need is a cassette player and one cable to connect player to computer.
    mac book, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • billfair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Garage Band will not recognize my tape player. Do you plug into head phone jack?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), also iphone and MacBook
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,985 points)
    What about Audacity? I've used the PC version to digitise bits of my vinyl and tape collections. It can also be used to cut, splice, mix & process audio.

    Various PCs, Windows Vista, + XP - iPods: 160+80 Classic (1.1.2) - 30+30 Video (1.3) - iTunes (Win)
  • Colleenz Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Please would you post a-z directions. I have a sony cassette connected to my powerbook g4 10.4.11 The preferences 'sound' show the correct input/output.
    I have tried "Audacity", "Golden", & "GarageBand." I'm just not getting it.
    I click on 'create new project' & go downhill from there. My husband was the musical one & understood all the software, but he passed away & I've got loads of tapes that I want to put on disc. I would be very grateful for an explanatory email. Thank you, Colleen
    PowerBook 12, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Colleenz Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:27 PM (in response to Colleenz)
    OK, I figured out how to create a New Basic Track & hit record. Things appeared to be working but there was nothing. I checked with the earphones & the tape is fine so there is something very simple that hasn't click in yet. I guess I'll just keep playing with it. By the way, are you supposed to hear the music while recording? Thanks.
    PowerBook 12, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • ABQTom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I read which lead me step-by-step on how to hook up my cassette player to my iMac and copy to Garage Band. Male-Male stereo audio cable from Best Buy to hook up and push play on cassette and record in GB and it was done. I didn't experience any difficulty in exporting from GB to iTunes - but here's an Apple reference page just in case Hope this is supportive.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • garethbarry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was trying to do the same thing - after a bit of searching I found that in Garageband :-

    if you go to the area on the right you will see two tabs- Real Instrument and Master Track - make sure Real Instrument is highlighted

    Below this you will see Browse and Edit Tabs - make sure the browse tab is selected.

    Towards the bottom of the column you will see the Real instrument icon with input source and below that Monitor - you can choose "Off", "On" or "On (No Feedback protection)" - either of the latter two will allow you to hear what you are recording.

    Hope that helps.

    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.6), GarageBand 09


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