I'm not surprised he used a TRS-80 as his "first". It was the best-selling computer of 1978, 79 and 80*.
"If you went back to that time and told yourself, âoeIn thirty years, weâ(TM)re going to be distributing all of our music through this device,â what would you think?" - John Linnell says he would not be surprised. At the time, people were already recording songs on their Ataris, Commodores, and Amigas and distributing them via the BBS and Usenet.
>>>John Linnell's first PC, the Macintosh Plus (1986).
IMHO he would have been better-off buying an Atari ST or Amiga. Like Andy Warhol and Disney Animation did. The Mac Plus wasn't very strong for video or sound.
*1981-82 was Atari 400/800
*1983-86 was Commodore 64
*1987 onward was IBM PC and clones