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If one owns a typical 8 bit home computer that 30 years ago communicated with a cassette recorder/datasette, what are reliable mass data storages as of today for these machines - beside using a PC's sound card?

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Most people just use the headphone jack of their phone, if you only have a tape modem for storage I/O. But if you also had a digital port, like a serial or parallel port for connecting a floppy drive, there are many disk emulations that take flash media, like CompactFlash or SD cards, the SD2IEC most famously for Commodore 8-bit computers.

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  1. Digital audio recorder  (bonus points if it does uncompressed linear PCM)
  2. MP3 player
  3. Smartphone
  4. Dedicated "tape emulator', such as Tapeuino.
  5. FPGA emulator, such as Ultimate II+ or Turbo Chameleon.

 

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On 5/5/2022 at 9:44 PM, Ju+Te said:

If one owns a typical 8 bit home computer that 30 years ago communicated with a cassette recorder/datasette, what are reliable mass data storages as of today for these machines - beside using a PC's sound card?

Phone. iPad.

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I've used tapDancer on an Android 4 phone with a C64 Datasette and a Cassette Adapter for MP3 Player with 3.5 mm stereo jack and that worked well to load C64 programs stored as prg-files into a real C64.

https://paleotronic.com/software/tapdancer/

"Currently, tapDancer supports Commodore (TAP / T64 / PRG formats), Sinclair ZX Spectrum (TZX / TAP), Amstrad CPC (CDT), Acorn Electron / BBC (UEF), MSX (CAS) and Atari (CAS)."

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