Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Calgary SonyTVs, ShawXG1 Gateway & 5 Portals, 2x Harmony One
It can be done but I would think you will find the quality of the audio is really quite terrible compared to what you are used to listening to today. The last time I played any of my old cassettes (from the early 80s) I was really horrified at just how bad they sounded. That was about 20 years ago!
If you paid for them then you don't have to feel bad about finding a digital copy online and downloading it. I might be wrong but I think you only have to pay for a song once in order to 'own a copy' of it. Maybe there is someone here who can tell us different but I don't think you would be breaking any laws and the quality will be so much better.
If you really want to try recording them, you could likely find a good tutorial on YouTube on how to do it. Obviously a cassette player with left and right audio outs, usually they were RCA jacks, will be needed along with a cable to go from the player to your computer. Most computers with a sound card will have a 1/8" mini jack so a Stereo RCA to Mini plug cable is likely what you will need. Beyond that, the rest is dependent on the software you use. If you are a PC user, Windows has built in recording software and I'm quite certain Apple (I've already dated myself) has the same as they are always touted as being 'multi-media friendly'.
Google is likely your friend and would make the task much easier and provide substantially better audio quality, depending on the source.
If you can then do rather than not. You're your own worst enemy. They're parking their car over there.