How to Play a Cassette Tape: A Beginner’s Guide

Insert the cassette into the slot gently until it is fully seated. Engage the cassette: The cassette player should automatically engage the tape and begin playing it. If it doesn't, press the "Play" button on the stereo. Adjust the volume: Use the volume control on the car stereo to set the desired listening level.

In today’s world of music streaming services, it’s easy to forget about the classic cassette tape. However, if you’re someone who’s curious about using a cassette Walkman, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll teach you the basics of how to use a cassette Walkman in 2019.

First things first, you need to have a Walkman and some cassette tapes. Most Walkmans you find will have a few old skateboard stickers on them, but don’t let that fool you. One of the big features on a Walkman is the anti-rolling mechanism. This helps prevent any undesirable hiccups in the tape’s playback speed that could occur when your Walkman is bouncing around while you’re listening to a book on tape.

Once you have your Walkman, it’s time to insert some batteries and your headphones. You can use either earbuds or classic red headphones, depending on your preference. Then, select a tape to listen to and open the Walkman. Figure out which side of the tape you want to listen to and slide it in with the side you want facing up towards the inside of the lid.

When it comes to controlling the playback, it’s simple. Hit play to start listening and hit stop if you want to go back or skip ahead. Use the rewind reverse button to go back and the fast forward button to skip ahead. If you want to crank up the volume, just roll up the volume dial.

Your Walkman may also have an AM/FM radio. Make sure it’s switched to tape when not in use because that means it’s turned off from radio playback. To listen to the radio, switch the tape to radio, decide whether you want AM or FM, and then use the tuning dial to find your station.

If you’re feeling adventurous, your Walkman might have a switch that says “DX norm local CRO Two Slash Metal.” This has two functions when listening to the radio. You’re switching between DX and local, which changes the radio sensitivity. DX picks up all the radio signals it can reach, while local will just pick up the strong signals. When playing a tape, this switch is more to do with sound equalizers to accommodate different types of tapes.

Lastly, if you think you won’t be using your Walkman for a while, take out the batteries so they don’t corrode over time. And there you have it, a beginner’s guide to playing a cassette tape. Don’t forget to rock on!


Which side do you play first on a cassette?
USB Cassette Player Recorder Compact cassettes usually come with two sides: “Side 1 and 2” or “Side A and B”. Starting with preferred side (eg. Side 1 or A), make sure it is facing you and insert your cassette tape with magnetic tape side, facing down, into the deck, and close deck.
How to play a video cassette tape without a cassette player?
HDMI Converter Box An HDMI converter box connects to your VCR and TV for VHS video playback. This analog to digital converter allows videotapes to be played on digital video devices. This means you can play your cassette tapes on your TV or computer.
How can I transfer cassette tapes to my computer?
In order to record the audio from the cassette tape to your computer, connect the male RCA side of the cable (red and white) into the female RCA connectors on the tape deck. Make sure the RCA jacks on the tape deck say “Line Out” or “Audio Out.” Connect the other end of the cable to your computer.
Why wont my cassette tape play?
Many things can go wrong with cassette decks because they have numerous electrical and moving parts. The electrical power cord can be faulty. The drive belt can break or be damaged. The read and record heads can be misaligned, worn, or dirty.