This is something I think my generation is missing: mixtapes made by friends. You can show friends new music, or show someone you care. Anyhow, my girlfriend and I are really big fans of Perks of Being a Flower, and in there Ponytale Derek gives a mixtape, so I thought I would make a modern version of this.
Hardware for this one was pretty easy. Components include an old cassette tape and an old flash drive. Remove the flash drive from its housing. Measure it, and file away a spot for it on the cassette tape. Taking apart the cassette tape is easy, its just four screws located on each corner, and one screw in the middle. Just be careful, there’s a lot of little parts that you can accidentally lose and the cassette tape won’t look right upon reassembly.
Bonus points for adding a personal engraved message. I wrote it backwards on the inside so it looks nicer and feels smooth on the outside.
As for making an actual mixtape, I used Audacity and imported some of my favorite songs and recorded some commentary from me. And since a flash drive (mine was a 4gb) can hold a lot more than a cassette tape, I included the original audio files, some pictures, and a movie.