There’s a debate inside and outside Apple regarding skeuomorphism– new digital design elements that look like real world elements but probably don’t need to. A good example is the bookshelf look in iBooks for iPhone and iPad, or the stitched leather toolbar in Calendar.
One app that loves the skeuomorphic trend is TapeDeck, the Mac app that records audio. This picture is worth a thousand words.
TapeDeck resembles the tape decks of the 1970s and 1980s. It’s not meant to replace Garageband. Instead, TapeDeck is a quick audio recorder. Simply press the big red Record button to begin recording audio to your Mac.
Each recording can be saved visually as a cassette tape for easy reference. Playback? Click the Play button. Fast forward, reverse, stop or pause using the very obvious onscreen buttons.
TapeDeck records using Apple Lossless Audio Codec and can share audio to iTunes, which makes tracks available for iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV. The latest version also makes an animated HD movie to upload to YouTube.
Yes, TapeDeck is very much a visual relic from a bygone era, but it works well, and is drop dead easy to use.