Thursday, November 04, 2004

The mother of all iPods?

IBM made the first iPod?

IBM 1403 Printer

Actually, that's a 1964 IBM 1403 printer playing these tunes!

Engineers with lots of extra time on their hands figured out which lines of characters to print to make sounds at a various pitches corresponding to musical notes. They translated that information to a deck of punched cards and fed them into the printer and bingo, there you go -- music!

From the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA


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