Happy 10th Birthday, MP3 Player

Happy 10th Birthday, MP3 Player

Gregory Han
Mar 13, 2008

Wow, did you know it's been a decade since the first MP3 player hit the market? We can't remember the last time we listened to anything but MP3's as a portable device (we still like listening to vinyl at home). To the left is the first commercially released MP3 player: the MPMan F10, manufactured by Korea's Saehan Information Systems and launched in March 1998. More about it under the jump...

The F10 contained 32MB of Flash storage, enough for a handful of songs encoded at 128Kb/s. It measured 91 x 70 x 165.5mm. It connected to an old-style parallel port on the host PC from which songs could be copied to the player. There was a tiny LCD on the front to give an indication as to what you were listening to...

In the US, local supplier Eiger Labs wanted $250 for the F10, though the price fell to $200 the following year prompted by the release of the Diamond Multimedia Rio PMP300, which was priced at $200.

32MB? I have some song remixes larger than that capacity. We've come a long way. And surely so when it comes to the industrial design of those early players.

[via Register Hardware]

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