Vinyl Data- Classic Computers / Indie music tricks crossover

Tom Peters tpeters at
Mon Sep 29 19:44:04 CDT 2008


One strategy that major record companies have been employing lately to 
deter downloading is adding bonus computer content to new CD releases. I 
recently discovered that this technique is not unique to CD’s, but had in 
fact been practiced in the vinyl era as well. That’s right: there were a 
handful of records released in the late 70’s and early 80’s that contained 
computer programs as part of the audio. This is totally insane, and totally 

   Most of these programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum home 
computer series. The Sinclair Spectrum was a relatively cheap home computer 
system that used a television set as a monitor and loaded programs from 
tapes. It thrived in England in the early 80’s:

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