You never think twice about cassette tape players these days until you find a really good one. The PlusDeck Ex ($300) is a ripping hardware on steroids. It's able to convert or capture almost any type of audio into digital format. It has a built-in AM/FM tuner and cassette deck for recording yourself making a song request on the radio or converting your infamous all Rush mix tape. Other inputs include USB, RCA, cell phone, phono and 7.1 surround.