Panic: "The ad that ran only once".

Panic: "The ad that ran only once".

To be honest, I had trouble putting this one in one of our three categories. Because it touches all three of them. It is so cool, I couldn’t wait to write a post on it.

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Panic's vintage Atari game style box set.

Some of you may be familiar with a small software company from Oregon called Panic. They were the original creators of Audion, one of the first mp3 players available on the Mac OS. It’s a little known fact, but because of Audion, Panic was almost bought by Apple in 2000. They didn’t come to an agreement, so Apple went with SoundJam, which finally became the foundation for iTunes as we know it today. (Imagine what would have happened if Apple and Panic would have joined. iTunes would probably look different today.)

Panic makes some of the best and hottest software on the Mac platform, among them Coda, which was one of the tools that helped creating Mashido.

The Panic blog

You can order these posters from Panic.

You can order these posters from Panic.

Just recently, Panic released a blog and one of their first top stories begins like a fairy tale of a decades old software company named “Panic”. If you don’t know anything about Panic and stumble upon this post, it will take until the middle of the article until you realize this is just an elaborate hoax.

It’s an expression of love for those good old days, when software came in large 8-bit pixels, stored in cassettes, packaged in colorful boxes that sparked the imagination of every kid out there. Now you can order these fabulous illustrations as posters, or have Panic send you the collector’s set of fake vintage arcade games.

(Via Laughing Squid, pictures by Panic)