Ready for a blast from the past? It’s a little hard to believe that the first commercially available MP3 player hit the market 10 years ago this month. The MPMan F10, released in March 1998, was a product by Saehan Information Systems of Korea and it featured 32MB of Flash memory.
Naturally, its functionality was a far cry from what is readily available today, so you didn’t get anything like video playback or FM radio, but you were able to listen to digital songs encoded at 128kbps. The uploading of content happened over an old-style parallel port and the tiny LCD was enough to show basic song information.
The MPMan F10 was never commercially available in the United States and Europe, but it was available through a number of importers. Sadly, it cost a hefty $250 and that was more than what most people were willing pay. Even so, it marked a major milestone in mobile technology history. Happy birthday, MPMan. Thanks for the memories.