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Bitpop is a type of electronic music, where at least part of the music is made using old 8-bit computers, game consoles and little toy instruments. Popular choices are the Commodore 64, Game Boy, Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System.

Due to its origins, bitpop is also referred to as 8-bit. The name has also been considered as a pun on britpop and the word bit.

Major publishers of bitpop are 8bitpeoples and Relax Beat & Bleepstreet Records. Examples of bands in the genre are Welle:Erdball, Printed Circuit, Freezepop, Tobiah, Receptors, Neotericz, 1986, Anamanaguchi, Covox, FirestARTer, capitalSTEPS (now called Square Wail), 8 Bit Weapon, 8 Bit Betty, Firebrand Boy, David Sugar, She, Death By Television, Mesu Kasumai, Coleco Music, c64 Messiah, Thermostatic, The Hardliner, ComputeHer, MelBot, Teamtendo, Machinae Supremacy, Twilight Electric, Monster & Maskiner, Mr. Pacman, Pluxus, Pontonius, Mikron 64, Puss, Nintendude, Yuppster, Crystal Castles, 8 Bit Mayhem and Nullsleep.

In 2003 Malcolm McLaren heard Bitpop and Chip music and wrote the article ([[1]]) 8-Bit Punk championing 8-bit music. It also notes a planned release in that style by McLaren.

Some related genres are chiptune, Gamewave, Picopop, and electropop.

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