Feeds

ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

Retro gone screechingly mad

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Those with a working ZX Spectrum in their cupboards but lacking a working cassette deck with which to load programs need fret no more: there's an app for that.

The app in question, Speccy Tape for iOS, allows users to access the World of Spectrum database of abandonware. Once loaded into an iOS device, it then plays back the virtual tape, complete with eighties vintage analog screeches and the Spectrum's infamous flickering borders interface.

The idea is that you run an audio cable from your iOS device to your Spectrum, which translates the screeching into values in RAM. Once done, fire up the application and enjoy some computing at Z80 speed!

Speccy Tape turns your iOS device into a cassette player

Screeeeeeee ....... weeohweeeeh like it's 1983

Sadly Vulture South's Spectrums (A 48k, Spectrum+ and Spectrum 3) are rotting in a landfill somewhere, so we've not been able to test the app to see if it meets the Speccy's notoriously finicky audio ingestion requirements. We can, however, say that it's wonderful fun to hear those old-school screeches emerge from an iPhone 5's speaker. For the first five seconds.

If anyone can get this working on a working Speccy, do let us know. Hat tip to Fat Duck Tech for spotting the app. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.