Team Teabag reminisces on Eiger Labs’ MPMan F10, the first portable MP3 player sold in the U.S. market. Edged out of the public consciousness by the Diamond Rio, it offered 32MB of unexpandable memory, barely enough for 10 short songs, though a mail-in upgrade program would double it for you.
Shortly after the MPMan’s launch, Napster came along and helped us to share and organise our music files. Transferring those files to the device was a painfully slow process over a serial connection, but it didn’t matter – music was taking its very first steps towards escaping the physical formats that it had forever been associated with.
“The MPMan was not well received,” according to its Wikipedia entry. That’s what you get for being first.