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Apple2History.org reminds us of a time before floppy disks when…

Apple2History.org reminds us of a time before floppy disks when the cassette tape was the standard way of writing and retrieving data from an Apple ][.

The earliest Apple II owners did what most of the microcomputer hobbyists of the day did โ€“ they used the lowly cassette to save the programs they wrote, or possibly to load software that was purchased. And even after the Disk II did appear in 1978, it was still $495. Although this was less costly than floppy disk drives for other micros of the the day[1], it was still about one third of the cost of the entry level Apple IIย ! For many who pioneered the use of the Apple II, it was simply not affordable to get that expensive (though highly desirable) Disk II drive, at least not for a couple of years. From 1977 until around 1982, there were a significant number of software titles that were sold on cassette, because it was the most affordable way to use the computer.

I love that Apple still keeps Apple ][ Cassette interface instructions in its knowledge base.

Apple ][ Star Wars Cassette photo by Grant Hutchinson.

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New Apple HQ

Appleโ€™s Steve Jobs Shows Proposal for Stunning New Apple HQ

Yesterday Steve Jobs appeared at the Cupertino City Council to propose a stunning new office complex for Apple.


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Apple II Digital Music Synthesizer

Apple II Digital Music Synthesizer available now for 8-bit die-hards:

The last time we had occasion to feature 8 Bit Weapon in this space, our man Seth had hacked his Nintendo Power Pad into a music controller. Now the team is back with something a little less strenuous — but no less musical — for all of you budding chiptune artists out there. The Digital Music Synthesizer for Apple II is a wavetable synthesizer designed specifically for live performance. Not only does this bad come with ten voices (including bass, trumpet, square wave, sawtooth wave, and sine wave), but sequences can be recorded for a later time. But wait, there’s more — there is no monitor required. If you’ve ever had to lug an Apple II monitor to a dank performance space on a weeknight (and who hasn’t?), you understand what a sweet setup this is. Supports your Apple IIe, IIc, IIc+, or IIgs computer with 80-column capability and at least one 5.25″ floppy disk drive. Get yours now for $19.95 — but not before checking out the demo after the break.

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