Once Upon a Time… Apple Cassettes

Apr 6, 2011 - 8 Comments

Long before the days of iPhones and App Stores, or even Macs and 3.5″ disks for that matter… Apple software came on 5.25″ floppies and… cassette tapes. Yes, like the same type of cassette tape your first album came on if you were a child of the 80’s or early 90’s.

And here you are looking at such a fine example of a relic from a bygone era, a super retro tape of Lemonade Stand, an extremely simple Apple II game that taught kids the business basics by way of running a lemonade stand. On the Apple II computer of course, though who didn’t run a lemonade stand in their front yard as a child?

This is from before my time but it’s fun to see anyway. Can you imagine putting a casette into a tape player to play a game? Half the kids these days don’t even know what a cassette tape is…

If you’re feeling super nostalgic, you can actually play a port of Lemonade Stand in Mac OS X and Windows XP, although you’ll need Rosetta installed to get it to work in Mac OS X, meaning users beyond Lion are out of luck.

Fun, huh?


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Retro


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  1. Quimbob says:

    Had a step & repeat camera at work that ran off one of these Apple computers with the cassette.
    It was a printing related company around 1980.

  2. David Forbes says:

    Hi. I’m looking for cassette tapes of Apple ][ games, esp. Breakout.
    My son’s doing a school report on the Woz (I make his Nixie wristwatch), and I want to show the kid what a REAL computer is like.
    Does anyone have working tapes?

  3. I loved Lemonade! I still have all these cassettes. I remember my Apple II serial number by heart, #83273, purchased December 1980!

  4. Ken says:

    Oh I remember cassettes. After school my friend and I would go to his house, start loading a game on a cassette, go downstairs, make sandwiches, play with the dog, get a soda, go back upstairs, wait for the game to finish loading, play game.

    I don’t miss them.

  5. Kirk says:

    Ah, Lemonade! I remember it well. Until I got Hard Hat Mack on floppy disc, this was my students’ favorite class reward.

  6. Paul says:

    I remember them. I could have used them with my 32k Apple II+ but I went for dual floppy drives.

    I still have a box of those old floppies. Hadron was great!

  7. Cliff says:

    I have never seen these before, must have been a very brief existence. 16kb!

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