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AGPtek USB Portable Cassette to MP3 Converter Tape-to-MP3 Player with Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 519 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Windows4.6   exceptional
Price4.3   average
Music3.9   below average
Program3.8   average
Sound3.4   below average
Instruction3.3   below average
USB3.3   average
Audio3.2   below average
Quality3.1   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"My tapes are not perfect in audio to begin with, so if there was any additional noises or buzzes, I was not aware of them."
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"Unfortunately there was such an annoying audio hum when I connected it I returned it."
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"I wasn't too happy with the software CD it came with so I decided to try my own audio editing program and BAM!"
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"Although the product seems a bit flimsy, particularly the plastic cover, but it converts audio cassettes into digital files with excellent sound clarity."
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"I have a Sony USB turntable that came with its own mediocre software called Sound Forge Audio Studio."
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"I understand from online reading this isn't a great option if you are looking for high quality audio but figured it was worth a try since the periodic noise was making the recordings useless."
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"Simple to use, and great audio quality, even with nearly 30 year old cassettes."
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"It uses the free and great audio editor Audacity to capture record save an electronic file (format of your export choice)."
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"One will have to learn how to use Audacity for the audio editing part but its a fairly easy program."
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"- Makes it effortless to use any audio recording software to capture the audio from the tapes."
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"Built-in DAC did a decent job, was able to get good audio."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Works as intended, took awhile to figure out what button did what and the software is anything but user friendly but after some trial and error, got it figured out and have converted most of my cassette tapes to mp3.The instructions were hard to read and understand, those Chinese should hire American's to translate into the way we really talk."
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"does not have very good instruction.....does not make updated cds.... makes .wav ......wav does not work in current d players"
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"Once I found out what software was on the unusable disc by scouring the terrible instructions I was able to find the intended software online."
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"The device works if you follow the instructions, which are not great."
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"It took me a while to achieve, as the instructions were not great, but it was definitely worth the effort and the minimal expense!"
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"The other thing is that instructions are inadequate to say the least."
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"I would have appreciated some more thorough instructions--or at the very least, some genuine honesty--on the part of the manufacturer as to how to maximize the listening experience when using this device."
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"Took this fabulous little player out of the box, followed the easy (albeit microscopically small) instructions, and within minutes was converting my old cassettes to MP3 files!"
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"It comes with a disc to install the Audacity program on your computer, as well as some instructions."
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"There is also an online instruction manual for Audacity, which is much more useful and accurate current than the instructions that come with the device."
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Music

Music:
"Makes me glad I kept all my cassettes (the recording quality of which wasn't isn't that great, but the music thereon is wonderful), and I've converted a ton of music for my Sansa Clip."
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"Sound quality was not a great issue on these recordings, so I can't comment on how good the quality is when transferring music."
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"IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF HARD TO FIND MUSIC ON CASSETTE GET ONE AND BREAK OUT THE MUSIC BOX AND GET STARTED PRESERVING THOSE PRECIOUS SONGS."
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"Works great, thought I would loose my old music but this was life saver!"
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"Was able to transfer our wedding music from 1990 without any issues to Audacity audio program for MP3 conversion."
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"I would recommend this to anyone with a desire to dub your old music into MP3s."
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"But if you just want to be able to access the music from your old tape collection without having to re-purchase all of it, this is a great solution."
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"It's been time consuming, but I'm almost done transferring all my old tapes, and it's also been fun to listen to all of this music I hadn't listened to in years, nice to have it all organized and accessible on my computer (incidentally, I use Media Monkey for my media player library, and it's great), and good to be able to get rid of all those old tapes! "
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Price

Price:
"The device is somewhat flimsy and has a cheap feel to it."
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"It worked just fine on my Mac, but the quality of the unit itself is so cheap, it broke after only 4 uses."
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"Cheap Plasticky stuff....playback has weird humming and static sound ...Totally unusable !"
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"I dont know know what the heck I am going to do to convert my tapes, but I am not going to waste my time (or money) again on this junk."
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"but still, for the price, i dont see why people complain about this product, oh and i also used the effects on the program to enhance the audio, i used bass boost, compressor and equalizer, it made my old tapes sound closer to cd quality.."
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"Can't speak on the durability of this product but it's a good & cheap product that got my job done"
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"great device, works as expected and great price"
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"I did not and thought I would try it as few options are available out there for a decent price."
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"I was pretty skeptical since the price was so affordable but thankfully, this is a great buy."
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"For the price, it is unbeatable."
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Program

Program:
"I was trying to save some old cassette programs to mp3 but it is just not very user friendly."
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"yea i am still a dinosaur i am just now digitizing my old cassettes this thing works it is kinda finicky and hard to figure out how to use the program, but i will get it done"
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"but still, for the price, i dont see why people complain about this product, oh and i also used the effects on the program to enhance the audio, i used bass boost, compressor and equalizer, it made my old tapes sound closer to cd quality.."
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"The device can work simply as a cassette player with earbuds but to take advantage of the full functionality, you need to install the program provided."
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"i use the free program called audacity to record from this and works nicely."
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"One will have to learn how to use Audacity for the audio editing part but its a fairly easy program."
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"Worked great...had absolutely no problems with this....I go the hissing that one gets from a cassette but with Audacity Program I was able to remove it with no problems..."
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"It comes with a disc to install the Audacity program on your computer, as well as some instructions."
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Quality

Quality:
"It worked just fine on my Mac, but the quality of the unit itself is so cheap, it broke after only 4 uses."
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"The construction quality of the converter was terrible."
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"This cassette player is of mediocre quality."
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"Sound quality is sometimes not as good as it could be."
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"sound quality is not the best but acceptable"
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"Makes me glad I kept all my cassettes (the recording quality of which wasn't isn't that great, but the music thereon is wonderful), and I've converted a ton of music for my Sansa Clip."
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"Easy to use, great quality even if the tape is very old and the sound scratchy."
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"Good quality once all the settings are lined up."
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"ok quality easy to use transfered cassettes to computer"
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"Simple to use, and great audio quality, even with nearly 30 year old cassettes."
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"Sound quality conversion is very good on the 40 year old tape we put in."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound quality is sometimes not as good as it could be."
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"sound quality is not the best but acceptable"
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"Cheap Plasticky stuff....playback has weird humming and static sound ...Totally unusable !"
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"Sound quality is not perfect, but is perfectly acceptable for our purposes."
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"But the worst problem is that the player itself plays at variable speeds making the singing be out of tune and sound terrible!"
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"Sound quality was not a great issue on these recordings, so I can't comment on how good the quality is when transferring music."
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"Easy to use, great quality even if the tape is very old and the sound scratchy."
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"It plays cassettes great, the sound is clear but when I try and download the software on my PC, it won't download."
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"But with Audicity, I cut out the space at the beginning and end of the tapes, and it sounds great."
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"Sound quality conversion is very good on the 40 year old tape we put in."
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"It depends upon the sound card in your computer how good the results will be."
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USB

USB:
"-Still unsatisfied, I plugged the device into my computer via the USB cord while listening to a cassette."
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"The only fault that I have with the converter is the length of the USB cable."
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"I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit and I simply plugged into USB port on the back (the front USB ports have never been fully reliable to me) and the plug and play installation did take around 5-10 minutes so patience is a virtue for this."
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"Both reported USB error code 43."
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"At least one review said there was a problem with the USB port on some devices, so I'll assume mine was one of these."
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"I already had installed in my computer the full version 2.0.3 but it fail to recognize the USB port."
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"My Air doesn't have a CD, so rather than look what was the provided CD with my external CD drive, I just used the copy of Audacity I already had on my Mac (you can download the latest version free off the web, which is likely newer than the one provided).It was a snap to use, recognized right away as a USB PNP device, and I was able to hit play on the tape deck, and hit record in Audacity."
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"I recommend using this only with the usb connection."
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"THE AGPTEK USB PORTABLE CASSETTE TO MP3 TAPE-TO-MPR PLAYER WAS A VERY GOOD BUY AT THIS PRICE."
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"Other than that, it did play the tape well through the computer via the usb or headphone jacks."
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"If you would like to avoid buying this I recommend digging around for 1 8 to USB cords and an old walkman or other cassette player."
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Windows

Windows:
"I think the problem, if anything, is with Audacity, this product, and certain Windows 7 machines not getting along."
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"You need to take a bit of extra care when handling unit but all in all...used with Audacity on Windows 8.1 and satisfied! "
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"Super easy to use, just plug and play (I have Windows 8.1 Pro)."
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"I have to give it 5 stars cause it worked great with my Dell Windows 7 laptop & my Sony Sound Forge 9.0 program."
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"Had no problems using need Windows 7 or above for drive down load."
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"The device is real easy to connect to computer, using Windows 7"
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