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Before iTunes and Spotify instantized music, allowing any toddler with a few favorite Bieber songs to make a playlist, putting in the requisite hours of effort to make somebody a mixtape was something of a grand gesture.

Hitting record. Pausing. Recording. Pausing. Repeating ad infinitum.

It was a labor of true love. But then, somewhere on the way from analog to digital (and back to analog again, in some parts of Brooklyn), this soul-searching endeavor lost its reputation as heartfelt and became, well, nerdy. Which is an injustice if we’ve ever heard one.

So just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing it back. A quick reminder of how to, after the jump…»
 

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