This article was published on August 21st, 2014
Being a kid in the 80’s was awesome! When it came to fashion, the bolder the pattern, the wilder the style, the more bodacious it was. Hair was feathered back, worn high, and could be crimped, perm’d or spiked. Music is what brought people together. From Cindy Lauper to Michael Jackson, Madonna to Tiffany, the beats were fun, synathyzied and pushed lyrics to the edge with catchy choruses and beats.
Throughout the 1980’s, technology was changing the way people lived their lives. Personal computers were starting to hit the market, along with brick-sized car phones, fax machines, and VCR’s. Music moved from 8-tracks and vinyl records, to tape recorders. This lead to the mixed-tape craze, which became a symbol of teen love.
Music became portable with the boom box, battery-powered players that could be taken to the beach, down the street, in your cars, or wherever you wanted to go. They ranged in size from hand-held to giant boxes the size of a small house.
In today’s digital world, music is played online, synced between computers, iPhones, and other devices, streamed wirelessly and downloaded at astronomical rates. We live to stay connected, but long for the days when things where simple and easier.
That’s where iRecorder comes in. It’s an amazing flash-back to the 80’s, but meets modern day technology. At first glance, it looks like an old-fashioned tape-recorder, but pop the lid and instead of inserting cassette tape you plug in your iPhone. Bam! Instantly you’re listening to today’s hits like it was yester-year.
All the buttons work, just like an old-fashioned tape-recorder too! There’s play, fast-forward, rewind, and volume buttons, giving you full control. Pop open the cassette lid to access your iPhone. The handle even slides out, just like the old-school versions.
The iRecorder is powered by three AAA batteries (not included), or can be plugged in to a USB. It uses a standard 3mm jack that plugs into your iPhone 4, 4S or 5, to control the music functions and play your tunes through the speaker.
While we live in an age of wanting the latest in technology, many people enjoy reminiscing and re-living the past. The iRecorder completely taps into that era that we all once lived and loved. It’s also a killer accessory to take to an 80’s theme party, to the beach, or just have laying out on the patio by the pool for guests to be amazed and tell their stories about how they used to have one.
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