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Old 10-13-2012, 03:42 AM
austinv austinv is offline
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Default The #1, 1st digital audio player - is this it?

Hi guys,

Could use your help to validate this assertion:

The very first, production-quantity, consumer product that can be accurately described as a "digital audio player" is The Audible Player from late 1997 (copyright on box) through early 1998.

It had 4MB of flash storage with custom removable battery. It only supported first gen .aa type files, but this qualifies as digital audio.

First gen MP3 players appeared at trade shows and went on sale around this time (1997-98) so I'm trying to establish precedence. Apparently Audible didn't sell many at $200 ($~300 2012) as there are few records in google. I have a NIB example. Also have MPman models from this age but without box. Unsure of the order as details are scarce, and personally I wasn't able to afford MP3 players until eMusic dot-com/Sensory Science & Creative promotions in '99.

Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks
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