The Commodore 64, commonly called C64, C=64 (after the graphic logo on the case), occasionally CBM 64 (for Commodore Business Machines), or VIC-64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International. Due to changes in the computing industry since its release, it remains the highest selling computer of all time, and will most likely never be surpassed. This claim is disputed, because various changes were made to the "Commodore 64", making the CP/M plug in cartridge incompatible with all but some 1982 production models, as well as the computer being revamped and placed into a new case, then its name changed to Commodore 64C, indicating that there were at least 3 different models in this range of computers. In Finland, the computer was so popular that the number of Commodore 64's sold in proportion to the population size was higher than anywhere else in the world.
Volume production started in early 1982, with machines being released on to the market in August at a price of US$ 595. Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore PET, the C64 took its name from its 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes) of RAM, and had favorable sound and graphical specifications when compared to contemporary systems such as the Apple II, at a price that was well below the circa US$1200 demanded by Apple, but the same couldn't be said of the Tandy Color Computer, which was initially priced at $399.