A few months back I was given the coolest item…. ever. A package arrived in the mail from Milktape that included three blank milktapes, or mixtapes.

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It’s a mixtape for the year 2014, a 128 MB flash drive – just large enough for about 15 songs – hidden in a cassette tape.

I love giving (and receiving) a good mix. I remember making mix tapes at every point of my life. Sitting in my bedroom as a teen waiting patiently for the radio announcer to play my current favourite song and pressing record as soon as the first note played. Trying to figure out iTunes as a 20 something to hopefully impress a boy with my sweet indie music taste. Keeping a CD player I received in 1998 that can record on tape directly from a CD, just in case I ever need to make an emergency mix (those days are gone, though, as my tape playing Corolla is no more).

I kept one of the tapes for myself and immediately filled it up with top 40 jams to sing along to alone in my car while driving around the City.

I gave the second one to Chris Small, a friend with remarkably different music taste from me. Most of my favourite music is in 4/4 time and could probably be considered on the mainstream side of indie. I tried my hardest to make Chris a mix that was full of minor chords, bands he probably had never heard of and sad, sad lyrics. Don’t ask me why, I think I was writing a lot of reports at the time and these songs were fresh on my mind.


My sweet, sweet album art.

The hardest part of making this mix was choosing the songs. As soon as I made the playlist in iTunes, transferring the tracks to the Milktape was as easy as dragging and dropping. I only did three iterations of the mix (which is pretty good for me) and the Milktape made it really easy to delete, rearrange and add songs.

Track list from the mix I gave @hallwayorchard in case you ever feel like being sad.

The third Milktape I received is for you, provided you win the giveaway below.

These tapes are very cool and would make an amazing gift for a friend (especially considering the $15 price tag – easy) or a sweet party favour for a reunion, birthday or wedding (maybe with your favourite songs or photos).

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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P.S. If you’re interested, I can give you a link to DL the tracks. Leave me a comment below and we can chat about it.