Sadly, home made mix tapes are a thing of the past. Gone are the days of hand written tape labels and recording tapes that were filled with songs from other tapes, which in turn were probably taped from another tape (never from the radio, of course). In their place are mp3 players and digital music collections which on the whole offer greater options but the romance of carrying your own hand labelled tapes with felt tip embossed writing and flaky bits of paper that barely stick are often missed.
Designed by Suck UK, the USB Mix Tape holder is the solution, and although it’s considerably more than a real mix tape, £20 is still a bargain for a unique gift like this. The tiny USB sticks are, admittedly, a bit lacking in the storage department with models starting at 64MB but that’s roughly the same as you would have got on a 60 minute tape.
As well as compiling your own miniature set list, you can lovingly write your own label before you place the USB stick into the pleasingly authentic mix tape styled container.
There’s a choice of six equally reminiscent designs so that you can either collect the lot for yourself (well, you never know, somebody might want to) or go for the one you like the look of most.
Personally, I like the one on the bottom left – it kind of reminds me of old BASF tapes. Although the folded label effect on the bottom right USB mix tape also brings memories flooding back.