Revisiting the Mixtape

Revisiting the Mixtape

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 5, 2011

It wasn't too long ago that tangible discs, tape decks, and vinyl crates were all the rage in the music world. Oh so much has changed since then - both in a good and bad way. We've lost that tangible connection at the sake of convenience, but interaction designer Jordi Parra hopes to alleviate that need by offering playlists on actual physical discs. But is this enough?

We're huge vinyl lovers here - especially the audiophile geeks who will swear by the sound of their vinyl records and believe there's no replacement medium. For others in the office, it's more about convenience. Who wants to carry around a crate of vinyl records or a portfolio of CDs when you can easily squeeze it all on a 500MB hard drive in your easily portable laptop?

Jordi Parra's Spotify Box presents a crazy solution to solve the issue of lack of portable, personable, and convenient music playlists using Spotify's service as the catalyst for the revamp of the mixtape. We certainly see the perks and what he's getting at here, but we're curious if it's "enough." We miss the mixtape, but not as much as some may make it out to be.

What do you guys think? Is the mixtape worth revisiting?

(Via Wired)

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