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“The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem,” Rob Gordon, melancholy narrator of High Fidelity, explained in the 2000 film.
That principle, however, doesn’t seem to apply to Mixxtape, the Bluetooth music player that looks (and plays) like a cassette.
Since launching on Kickstarter last month, the project quickly surpassed its $10,000 funding goal, now boasting more than $100,000 with four days left.
Nostalgia is at an all-time high, what with choker necklaces, vinyl records, denim jackets, and Polaroid cameras back en vogue.
So it comes as little surprise that Dallas-based Mixxim has caught the attention of music-loving hipsters and sentimental Gen Xers looking to relive the glory days of magnetic tape and analog signals.
Modeled after the compact cassettes we all knew and loved, Mixxtape comes with some modern amenities—touch navigation, LCD display, Bluetooth, rechargeable battery, USB port, and headphone jack.
Simply connect the cartridge to a PC or Mac to transfer your favorite tunes. Then jam out at home or on the go with wired and wireless headphones or speakers. Or, dust off that Walkman, boombox, or tape deck for a classic experience.
There is still time to snag a Mixxtape, available as a single $40 cassette (50 percent off the retail price), or in packs of two ($70), three ($90), five ($125), and 25 ($625).
Buyers get the Mixxtape, 8GB MicroSD card (expandable up to 64GB), micro USB charging cable, and jewel carrying case. Each cassette also comes preloaded with the “Mountain Sounds” album by Texas duo Danni & Kris, as well as a “various indie artists” playlist.
Choose between a traditional black finish or the stretch-goal white edition just begging to be personalized.
Other rewards include a Mixxtape necklace and limited-edition T-shirt. Those folks looking to catch a break in the music industry can pledge $350 to get one track featured on all Mixxtapes that ship in 2017 (an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 units). For $2,000, meanwhile, you can promote an entire album (up to 25 songs).
The first batch of Mixxtape cassettes are expected to ship this November.