Did you grab the ZXTune app yet? There is a certain joy in listening to music that is composed for or produced on old-school gear. Whether you want to relive some of your oldest gaming memories with classic tunes, or you want to check out the chiptunes that releaser groups used to put on their keygens, this sound is unique in its very own way. Of course, some of these originate from an illegal scene, but some composers took their art out of the groups and focused on making chiptune music without software piracy.
Download the ZXTune app and explore retro gaming music
So what do you do when you want to listen to chiptune music, keygen sounds, or retro gaming scores? You can try your luck on YouTube, but that isn’t always successful. So another good way for finding and listening to your favorite chiptunes is with an app called ZXTune, the chiptunes player, by Vitamin/CAIG. You can get it for Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, Ubuntu, RedHat, and Raspberry Pi. Simply install the free software and browse its stock of chiptune music stored in various online archives.
You can check through the folders for artists, games, or chip systems and listen to your favorite tunes. If you have a local archive, you can also use the ZXTune chiptunes player app to play media that you have stored on your phone or computer. If you want to learn more about the technical specifications and features of the software, or if you want to compare it to other apps like AYEmul or AYFly, you can get all the details on the ZXTune website.
Check out sample footage of ZXTune before you install
If you want to have a look at the app before you install it, you can check out the video below, which I recorded as sample footage on my Android smartphone. Kindly excuse the German locale. Those elements will be in your own language once you install the ZXTune app on your own device. Thanks to @Ortega082 for recommending this software. I hope you’ll have a good time with these tracks from the ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Atari, Commodore, and various other platforms.
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YouTube: App Review for ZXTune Chiptunes Player (Keygen + Retro Game Music)