MP3 Insider 192: The end of an era (podcast)

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.

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.

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Episode 192

The MP3 player era: a brief history

MPMan (first, technically)

32Mb, upgradable to 64Mb, $250

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPMan
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6450_7-5622055-1.html

Rio PMP300 (first, in our hearts)
64Mb, $250

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_PMP300

iPod (2001)

5GB, hard drive, $399, then 10GB for $499, "1000 songs, in your pocket"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod
http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-10-gb/4505-6490_7-20154999.html

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-15gb/4505-6490_7-30733456.html

More Rio, S50 (2002)

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/rio-s50/4505-6490_7-20573676.html

Creative Nomad (2000-2002)

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/creative-nomad-jukebox-3/4505-6490_7-9625806.html

iTunes goes to Windows (2003)

http://news.cnet.com/Apple-plants-seed-of-iTunes-for-Windows/2100-1041_3-998961.html

Creative Zen Micro (2004)
5GB, $250

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/creative-zen-micro-5gb/4505-6490_7-31151927.html

iPod Mini (2004)
4GB, battery sucked, lots of colors, kinda affordable at $249, lowered to $199 for 2nd gen

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-mini-4gb/4505-6490_7-30657028.html

iPod Nano (2005)
1, 2, 4 GB, $145, $199, $249

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-nano-1gb/4505-6490_7-31729263.html

iPod (5th-gen, 2005)
30-60GB, $299, $399

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-30gb-video/4505-6490_7-31556112.html

Creative Zen Vision: M (2005)

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/creative-zen-vision-m/4505-6490_7-31632696.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZEN_Vision:M

SanDisk Sansa rivalry (2006)
"iDon't"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Idont.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SanDisk_Sansa

Zune (2006)
30GB, tweaked Toshiba Gigabeat S, $249

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/zune-30gb-brown/4505-6490_7-32103045.html

iPod Shuffle (the cute one, 2006)
1, 2 GB, $79. Beginning of the end.

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/apple-ipod-shuffle-second/4505-6490_7-32069562.html

iPhone/iPod Touch ruin everything (2007)

http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/apple-iphone-8gb-at/4505-6452_7-32309245.html

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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