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Vinyl Computer Code???
By Fitz - 3/29/2008

Computer code stored on vinyl? Yep, apparently it was tried in the late 70s and early 80s with several band adding tracks to their records that could be bounced to tape and then uploaded to various consumer systems of the era. This site has a big rundown on it:

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 great.

Fascinating stuff.

By Fitz - 3/29/2008 |