In August 2000, Tiger Electronics released HitClips: music tapes and players designed to easily share, low-quality, 60-second clips of a young man’s favorite hits. Different players were available, and individual cartridges were cheap enough to collect. And it’s these toy music players that do [Guy Dupont] Hacking continues quite successfully, as you can see in the video after the break and on [Guy]’s Hackaday.io page.
[Guy]The main goal was to make their own cartridges that could not only record more music than the short clips in the commercially manufactured product, but also take advantage of modern technology that has matured since HitClips appeared more than 20 years ago.
The components of the project are relatively simple, but beautifully done. An ATTINY84 did not work, so a SAM D09 controller was used to read files from a microSD card and translate the WAV file into the HitClips player format. 3D printed cartridges and custom PCBs complete the hack and make sure you can use any of the many HitClips players to play something new for a change.
The end result is pretty good considering it’s still only 8-bit audio on a 20 year old toy player. Tiger Electronics has developed another toy that is very popular with hackers of the musical type.