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SONY Discman D-50

Apple iPod Classic

This was the first portable music player ever, however it could only play what ever the radio channels were currently playing. It was made in America and it was retailed for $49.95, which would be $325 in today’s dollars. It’s most interesting feature was the analog AM tuner.

On the first year anniversary of compact discs, Sony released the discman being very similar

Apple took the best features of all and made the perfect MP3 player.

to the walkman. First of it’s type and slightly bigger than a CD. This was also retailed in Japan for ¥49.800, about $350 in today’s dollars.

It had a huge storage of 5GB with the slogan ‘1000 songs in your pocket’.

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It was retailed in America for $399, making it the most expensive and successful portable music player ever.

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Eiger Labs MPMan F10

This was the first proper casette player and it was only slightly bigger than a casette itself.

The first MP3 player was surprisingly not made by Sony or Apple, it was made by a Korean corporation SaeHan Information Systems.

could discreetly listen to music. It was first retailed in Japan for ¥33.000, which is $275 in today’s dollars.

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SONY Walkman TPS-L2

It also had a pair of ligh-weight headphones with it, so you

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This device was outrageous for a lot of people since artists didn’t release MP3 format tracks! It had 32MB available space which you could extend by another 32MBs for $70.

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Apple iPod Touch The iPod touch was the first to feature a full touchscreen with extra applications. It very quickly became every teenager’s favorite gadget. It came with 8GB storage and it was retailed for $199, which made it an even greater success!


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