The Ion USB Turntable has got to be one of the funnest toys I’ve gotten in a while. Picked it up at Costco for $119…snoozed and should have grabbed it with the online coupon and saved $20 a few weeks ago but that’s just a side bar. With a couple of large tubs of old vinyl that I never purchased the CD replacement for I can finally back them up and enjoy them on the trusty MP3 Player or convert to CD for the car. Such a deal in the recording capital of the world.
What you get is a turntable that plugs into your USB port. Load in the Audacity sound studio software that is included and pick up a lame.dll (or similar for mac) on their website and you can convert it all effortlessly into MP3. This is the first affordable way to do it I have found…and its almost in one package. The added boner to it all is that there are RCA in jacks so even the older 8track player and 8tracks I have out there can also be converted into MP3 through this whole process…but do I have the energy to dig through all that stuff? At least its fun having the original old music on while I get my other work done.