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Several years ago I was browsing about history of computers and old day computers, and downloaded various images, from Google, maybe from a blog or websites on older generation computers.

One of such image, contains a digital piano.

Piano

Now I cannot find that image throughout Google, even not by Google image search.

Now my questions are,

  1. What software/ music system it is?
  2. What file format it used?
  3. Which generation of computer it worked in?
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    It could be just a song/melody player with a menu, a “jukebox” kind of thing. Press a key to play a tune or esc to exit. Similar music players were around for many computers. C64, Amiga, MSX, you name it. The computer in the picture is an IBM PC, but I can’t tell what the texts are, my eyes hurt when I try. The last one is ESC KEY EXIT. The menu selection keys seem to be just A B C D E F ... in alphabetical order, which would suggest that they’re just different tunes. I may be wrong. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Apr 9 at 18:17
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    This question might be more suitable for the Retro Computing StackExhange. Don’t know if the rules allow identification questions there, but you could try. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Apr 9 at 18:22
  • Please feel free to move the question. – Always Confused Apr 9 at 18:43
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    It appears to be some version of IBM's music.bas, a program written in BASIC. Here's a video and here's a BASIC emulation for PC which looks like it might include that program or at least the landing page includes a screen shot of it. If not, it looks like this is music.bas itself. – user66401 Apr 9 at 20:10
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    @AlwaysConfused Yeah, I only made it a comment because it looked like the thread might get closed or moved for being off topic. As for how to use PCBasic, I have no idea offhand, but it looks like you'd need to put music.bas in your home directory. Otherwise, probably have a read through the rest of those docs. – user66401 Apr 9 at 21:44
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It appears to be some version of IBM's music.bas, a program written in BASIC. Here's a video and here's a BASIC emulation for PC which looks like it might include that program or at least the landing page includes a screen shot of it. If not, it looks like this is music.bas itself.

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