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Next came the all-time champion, the Commodore 64. This proved to be the first computer for millions (including myself) with all-time record sales of at least 12.5 million units although many estimates figure the number to be around 17 million.
The C64 was an 8-bit machine that ran on 64KB of RAM. Its audio and video were improved over previous computers and it cost just $599 when released - about half the price of an Apple IIe. Its price eventually dropped to $199. C64 was also marketed for the masses - sold in retail stores - repeating the success of the VIC-20.
The famous log-on screen of the Commodore 64. But this one isn't an original. A new company called Commodore USA obtained naming rights and is selling a new version of the C64 that is basically a shell covering a modern PC. Like the original, the new C64 can be connected to either monitors or televisions, however it offers 1080p HD and 6 Channel High Definition Audio playback. Prices started at $595, same as the original.
Here's what the latest version of the C64 looks like (and a gallery).