Retro player Pl8ty successfully copies the legendary Sony Walkman - but it does not need tape cassettes

Nostalgia for cassette players is still alive in the memory of several generations. And although no one uses tape cassettes, from time to time various startups make attempts to revive the format of the player itself in one form or another. One of the latest developments in this area is the Pl8ty, which uses your own smartphone as a cassette.

Pl8ty was developed by Swiss musicians Jonathan Fiorentini and Ernesto Londino. In fact, it is a Bluetooth speaker that looks like a good old Sony Walkman. To use it, you need to open the front cover, insert the phone with the running music application inside, close the cover and press the Play button. Everything is exactly as it once was with cassette Walkman. The body even provides working buttons for rewind, pause and volume control.

Music from the Pl8ty can be played through the built-in speaker or through wired headphones that plug into a standard 3.5mm jack. The player has a clip that allows you to attach it to your belt. The Pl8ty's 3200mAh battery is charged via the USB-C port and can serve as a power bank for the smartphone inside.

The dimensions of the Pl8ty allow you to fit inside a smartphone the size of an iPhone 6 or almost any device from the Samsung Galaxy line. However, since the phone connects to the player via Bluetooth, you don't have to insert it inside (although this undermines the idea of ​​Pl8ty). Now the player is raising money on Kickstarter, the price for it starts at $ 100. The retail price will already be $ 200.