March 11, 1997: First MP3 Music Player – MPMan
1997 – Although the MP3 player was technically been around since the 80’s, the first Digital Music Player was first introduced. Eiger Labs shows off the MPMan at CeBit. For $250, you get a 32 MB model to hold 8 of your favorite songs. The 1998 release was only shadowed by the Rio PMP300, which overshadowed Eiger Labs.MPMan was manufactured by the South Korean company SaeHan Information Systems, and was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio player. It came with a docking station to connect to your computer. The MPMan also has a rechargable battery and only weighed 65 grams.
Wikazine – Full show notes for March 11
- Apple Macintosh discontinues the Mac IIcx
- HP acquires TrueLogica
- iTunes 8.1 is released