Donald and Jasmine dedicate one final recording to the MP3 Insider podcast with a sentimental look back through the MP3 player timeline, from the very earliest Rio device, to the iPhone that brought the MP3 player category crumbling down upon itself. For video viewers, there's plenty of visual goodness with old players making personal appearances in the podcast studio. But don't fret! MP3 Insider is set to morph seamlessly into the all new Crave video podcast. Make sure you check back with us next week, same bat time, same bat channel.
The MP3 player era: a brief history
MPMan (first, technically)
32Mb, upgradable to 64Mb, $250
Rio PMP300 (first, in our hearts)
5GB, hard drive, $399, then 10GB for $499, "1000 songs, in your pocket"
More Rio, S50 (2002)
Creative Nomad (2000-2002)
iTunes goes to Windows (2003)
Creative Zen Micro (2004)
iPod Mini (2004)
4GB, battery sucked, lots of colors, kinda affordable at $249, lowered to $199 for 2nd gen
iPod Nano (2005)
1, 2, 4 GB, $145, $199, $249
iPod (5th-gen, 2005)
30-60GB, $299, $399
Creative Zen Vision: M (2005)
SanDisk Sansa rivalry (2006)
30GB, tweaked Toshiba Gigabeat S, $249
iPod Shuffle (the cute one, 2006)
1, 2 GB, $79. Beginning of the end.
iPhone/iPod Touch ruin everything (2007)