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ritmomundo
Jan 26, 2013, 03:50 PM
What was your first MP3 player?

Mine was the Creative Nomad in 1999. Paid about 400-450 for it, and it had a whopping 64 megabytes. It even had FM radio and a voice recorder, and it came with a dock (the first ever dock apparently). I'm kind of bummed now that I sold it for $10 in a garage sale a few years ago. I didn't even get an iPod until 2005 (1st gen iPod nano).

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/images/10-years-of-mp3/creative-nomad.jpg



Rawkfist
Jan 26, 2013, 04:06 PM
Mine was a POS made by, if memory serves, RCA. Powered by one AA battery that lasted maybe three or four days. It was small and sounded OK. One or two gigs. I have no regrets dumping it.

rgarjr
Feb 3, 2013, 02:13 PM
iRiver
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTPMAQR6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

wlossw
Feb 3, 2013, 02:17 PM
Diamond multimedia pmp300. 32mb of storage, expandable to 64mb.

I believe it was the first portable MP3 player. It couldn't even hold 1 compete cd worth of decent audio in stock memory.

MisterKeeks
Feb 3, 2013, 02:26 PM
iRiver
Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTPMAQR6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
We had one like that.

j.dstasio
Feb 3, 2013, 02:29 PM
An RCA Lyra, bought in 2001 maybe. It held a 32MB compact flash card & cost me about $300 IIRC. Crazy to think about that now.

G51989
Feb 3, 2013, 02:51 PM
https://support.gateway.com/s/SOUND/7004768/7004768nv.jpg

I held onto my CD player walkman until after college, I had my IPAQ for awhile, but it had low storeage.

So, one day I was buying a gift for my ex GF at a best buy, and saw the Gateway DMP X20, 20 gigs of storage, ability to play OGG, WMA, MP3 and some other format, very good battery life, even by today standards, had a nice chrome finish, I paid 399 for it. Lasted me for almost 5 years before the battery finally crapped out.

It had software that would scan your entire hard drive, for all playable files, and had a small online music store, which I never used.

A Hebrew
Feb 3, 2013, 02:58 PM
My first portable device that could play mp3 files was an iPod Touch 2nd Gen. Before that I just used a CD player like a boss.

Gizmo22
Feb 3, 2013, 02:59 PM
A Samsung clone with a meager amount of storage. Would have been sometime around 1996 I think? Looked very similar to this.

http://www.gadgettown.com/images/E-electronics/88005893.jpg

charlieegan3
Feb 3, 2013, 03:01 PM
1st Gen Shuffle.

spyke1999
Feb 3, 2013, 03:14 PM
Mine was an iPod classic 5gb I got mine for 200 dollars

blueroom
Feb 3, 2013, 03:21 PM
Creative Nomad, both this and the HDD one.
http://www.nextup.com/img/Creative_NomadIIc_Large.jpg

someone28624
Feb 4, 2013, 03:32 AM
A Dell DJ in September 2004. In January I had gone back to school (12th grade) after Christmas break and the person in the desk next to me had gotten one for Christmas. I had never seen an MP3 player before and was fascinated. I thought it was a minidisc player at first. I immediately wanted one. I started researching MP3 players right away and saw the iPod for the first time. I ended up buying the Dell DJ after going to college for its cheaper price. I watched for sales and found a package deal with the higher capacity model and an in line remote included. I remember rocking out to it on campus walking to class and at my on campus job (cleaning flower pots and watering plants in the botany lab- true story). My Dell DJ broke maybe 2 years later and was replaced with the iPod Video when that came out.

Steveo13
Feb 4, 2013, 10:39 AM
http://www.digicircle.com/images/product_image/AppleMini%202nd%20Gen%206GB.gif

Errk!
Feb 5, 2013, 11:28 AM
A Dell DJ in September 2004. In January I had gone back to school (12th grade) after Christmas break and the person in the desk next to me had gotten one for Christmas. I had never seen an MP3 player before and was fascinated. I thought it was a minidisc player at first. I immediately wanted one. I started researching MP3 players right away and saw the iPod for the first time. I ended up buying the Dell DJ after going to college for its cheaper price. I watched for sales and found a package deal with the higher capacity model and an in line remote included. I remember rocking out to it on campus walking to class and at my on campus job (cleaning flower pots and watering plants in the botany lab- true story). My Dell DJ broke maybe 2 years later and was replaced with the iPod Video when that came out.

Another for the Dell DJ. My wife bought it for me for my birthday. I was a little annoyed at having to convert iTunes purchases to listen to them on it but it was pretty amazing that I didn't have to lug around a case full of CDs all the time in order to listen to music. Kept it for a few years then got an iPod Video.

csixty4
Feb 5, 2013, 11:40 AM
Creative Labs MuVo2. I took that thing everywhere. It was only 4MB of storage, but that was enough for a couple albums and enough podcasts to get me through my commute in & out of the city.

http://i.imgur.com/QWH6Hlu.gif

NewAnger
Feb 8, 2013, 10:50 AM
30GB iPod Photo. I rarely used it over the years so it still holds a charge and lasts for hours and hours,

js81
Feb 8, 2013, 01:43 PM
I've never owned an iPod... my first MP3 player was a Sansa something-or-other. Then I got an cell phone that played MP3s (my first RAZR, lol) and then a messaging phone (Samsung Impression?) and then an iPhone 3G. :) What's an iPod? Oh wait... I remember that app on my 3G!

First iPod I bought, though, was for my wife - a 1st gen Touch.

MrXiro
Feb 8, 2013, 11:03 PM
Diamond multimedia pmp300. 32mb of storage, expandable to 64mb.

I believe it was the first portable MP3 player. It couldn't even hold 1 compete cd worth of decent audio in stock memory.

First MP3 player ever was the MPMan.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/MpMan_mp-f60.jpg/450px-MpMan_mp-f60.jpg

This was my first MP3 Player. One of the first in the US, the RaveMP by Sensory Science later absorbed by SonicBLUE. This one had 16mb I think, I sold it a few months later. Wish I kept it for collectors sake.

http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=395572&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1360386222

I've also owned the HipZip by Iomega when they were trying get people to like their Clik disk format.

http://www.antiqueradio.com/images/Jul05-MP3-Fig4.jpg

kaielement
Feb 8, 2013, 11:50 PM
iPod 4th gen 20gb. Need we say more?

genevagen
Feb 9, 2013, 12:30 AM
http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/P10812574a.jpg

This is mine and still with me through the years. Sad to say it is just 2GB so I can only keep less than 2hundred of songs.

ChristianJapan
Feb 9, 2013, 12:51 AM
Creative Nomad Muvo

http://jp.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=215&product=110

Zwhaler
Feb 9, 2013, 04:17 PM
30gig iPod Photo. The color screen was so amazing.

Jag Jaeger
Feb 18, 2013, 03:06 AM
I bought my first MP3 Player of Sandisk and was of 2 GB with Fm-Radio, Picture Viewer included in it.

Then after I bought 16 GB iPod.

MattA
Feb 18, 2013, 09:29 AM
My first MP3 player was a Rio 500. It came with 64MB and was upgradeable to 128MB.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/27/Rio_500.jpg/220px-Rio_500.jpg

It was really not good. It was slow to load via USB 1.1 and only held an hour of music. It was nearly useless.

I got my first iPod a few years later. It was a 3rd gen classic that I still use here and there to this day.

http://www.buymytronics.com/products/1179_300.jpg

It still rules. :)

Xgm541
Feb 18, 2013, 09:53 AM
1st Gen Shuffle.

This.

One of the best gadgets I owned. 512MB of space.

Nermal
Feb 18, 2013, 09:12 PM
A CD-based Walkman (which played MP3s in addition to CDs). Despite being slightly larger than a CD, it could still fit in my pocket!

184550
Feb 18, 2013, 10:32 PM
Samsung MT6 (http://electronics.pricegrabber.com/mp3-players/Samsung-YP-MT6X-512MB/m7486077.html) 512mb in blue.

Then I upgraded to an iPod w/ video 30gb in January of 2006 and stayed with Apple.

SlCKB0Y
Feb 18, 2013, 10:44 PM
5GB 1st gen iPod...2002

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Ipod_1G.png

Spectrum Abuser
Feb 18, 2013, 10:53 PM
http://rack.2.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzAzLzA0LzEzXzU0XzQwXzEyNl9maWxlCnAJdGh1bWIJODUweDU5MD4KZQlqcGc/2f1dd4b0.jpg

The iPod Nano first generation [1GB] storage capacity was my first MP3 player. It held my massive collection of six albums. It sure did beat carrying around a clunky CD player and the jewel case for all of the CDs.

guitarmandp
Feb 18, 2013, 11:20 PM
http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Creative_Nomad_Jukebox_(DAP).jpg

The Nomad Jukebox, and at the time it was the best MP3 player on the market and I will put up against the early iPods. They had 6 gigabyte hard drives but I bought one on eBay that somebody upgraded to a 20 gig. I also owned the follow up nomad jukebox 3.

I was a devoted Creative guy until they came out with the Photo iPod which displayed actual cover art.

If I had to go back I would still favor my creative jukebox over the old greyscale iPod's.

It had line out, you could record at 44.1 KHz, you could listen to music at half speed (helpful for figuring out guitar licks).

I liked how it looked like a portable CD player. Back when I got it everybody was listening to music out of their portable CD players, I had something that looked like a portable CD player only it stored my entire music collection

alphaod
Feb 19, 2013, 01:49 AM
My first MP3 player was a Rio 600 with 32MB of memory.

It was difficult to use, the software to load songs I don't think existed or it was junk (can't remember).

And with only 32MB of memory it was pretty much useless since I couldn't really load that many songs onto it.

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tkermit
Feb 19, 2013, 05:54 AM
5GB 1st gen iPod...2002

Image (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Ipod_1G.png)

Same here. I kind of wish I hadn't sold it. On the other hand I'm still using the 2004 click wheel iPod that I replaced it with. Before I got the iPod, this is what I was using as a portable music player (still works fine 14 years later – I even managed to revive the original battery):

Macman45
Feb 19, 2013, 06:13 AM
Still tucked away in a drawer someplace, a Creative Zen...I might pull it out and see if it still works..:)

PinoyAko
Feb 19, 2013, 06:30 AM
Creative Zen M!

superstarmc
Feb 20, 2013, 09:37 PM
Some iriver MP3 player that held 128 megabytes, while my father in law had a 40 gb iPod.

YanniDepp
Feb 22, 2013, 03:21 AM
Creative MuVo. It was the precursor to the iPod Shuffle. 64MB of memory on a small stick. It was relatively good, but it had an annoying flaw. When the batteries were almost dead, it would stop playing music and suddenly play white noise at a pant-crappingly-loud volume.

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/images/10-years-of-mp3/creative-muvo.jpg

decafjava
Feb 22, 2013, 03:48 AM
Dell DJ from 2002. Didn't like the software too much or the earphones-though the concept was neat enough.

9 years later I got its replacement, an iPhone 4. :D :apple:

naz-dream-boys
Feb 22, 2013, 09:47 AM
ipod mini blue 4gb :D

daveham
Feb 22, 2013, 09:49 AM
Oh ****. What a beast.

5GB 1st gen iPod...2002

Image (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Ipod_1G.png)

TG1
Feb 22, 2013, 09:54 AM
iRiver
Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTPMAQR6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Was my jogging companion for years! :thumbup:

haydencheng
Feb 23, 2013, 05:26 AM
iRiver
Image (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTPMAQR6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Oh me too!!!
Mine has a camera on it :)

ggibson913
Feb 23, 2013, 07:37 AM
I remember I hemmed and hawed but when the iPod Mini came out for $249 and was compatible with Windows, I jumped at it. It wasn't long after I bought my first mac as well a 12" Mac Laptop

webslinger85
Feb 23, 2013, 08:03 PM
Creative Muvo TXFM 512mb

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Creative_muvo_TX_FM_512mb.jpg

g0odfr1end102
Feb 24, 2013, 05:58 AM
Image (http://rack.2.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzAzLzA0LzEzXzU0XzQwXzEyNl9maWxlCnAJdGh1bWIJODUweDU5MD4KZQlqcGc/2f1dd4b0.jpg)

The iPod Nano first generation [1GB] storage capacity was my first MP3 player. It held my massive collection of six albums. It sure did beat carrying around a clunky CD player and the jewel case for all of the CDs.

Design wise, my favorite iPod of all time. So minimalistic, so sexy :cool:

pragyaware
Feb 26, 2013, 06:14 AM
My first MP3 player is Diamond multimedia pmp300. 32mb of storage, expandable to 64mb. i loved it very much.

paris91
Feb 26, 2013, 09:07 AM
My first "love" was an Iriver. This was an HDD as opposed to most flash players Iriver had at that time. This was one of the first "Ipod killers". That didn't happen, but it was a great device for me. Look at that remote!!! That was sweet!

iPusch
Feb 26, 2013, 11:54 AM
My first MP3 player was a SanDisk 'Sansa' blah blah...Tho it already had a 30-pin connector, I always thought they were Apple exclusive o.O
My second was luckily the iPod Touch 2G, got it to xmas 2008, I dreamed about getting a Nano and then I got surprised, with something even better... lov it :apple:

------------------

I know it's a little bit dusty but I don't really want to spend any more time w/ it...
He is just chilling in my drawer. Would like to get the charging cable too lol^^

AppleDeviceUser
Feb 26, 2013, 12:05 PM
First I used an old Philips 4GB MP3 player. A few months later when I turned 13 I got a 32GB iPod touch 4th gen, and a few months after that I got a 2GB 4th gen shuffle. I am currently 16, my iPod touch fell apart, and I now own a 64GB iPod touch 5 (Black).

Picture attached

-iPod touch 4th Gen Black (Not my Pic)
-iPod touch 4th Gen Black (32GB, My Pic, Destroyed)
-iPod touch 5th Gen Black (64GB, Not my Pic)
-iPod shuffle 4th Gen Silver (2GB, My Pic)
-Philips MP3 Player Black (4GB, My Pic)

gnasher729
Feb 27, 2013, 12:24 PM
No photos, but my first MP3 player was a portable CD player that played MP3 CDs. About 11 or 12 albums would fit onto one CD, and since it was used in the car, the amount of music was basically unlimited.

Scepticalscribe
Feb 27, 2013, 12:49 PM
My first MP3 player was the 30GB iPod classic which I bought in 2006.

Loved it and was enormously impressed; I have never been without a classic since.

macgeek18
Feb 27, 2013, 05:06 PM
It this order. That Sansa my brother still has somewhere and uses it. Crazy.

SlasherDuff
Feb 27, 2013, 05:10 PM
399733

Giuly
Feb 27, 2013, 07:32 PM
Nokia 3650 with a music player app.
http://imageshack.us/a/img585/1784/imageiwv.jpg

Unless a discman capable of playing MP3-CDs counts, then that.

soundr
Feb 27, 2013, 09:01 PM
Original iPod, with a whopping 5GB of storage and firewire connection. Now it looks clunky, old fashioned, physically huge and has very limited memory.

AngerDanger
Feb 27, 2013, 09:30 PM
It was this. It was confusing.

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Rio-One-Digital-Audio-Player-MP3-Player-32MB-MP3-WMA-/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/$(KGrHqZ,!k4E9vwO7dG)BPvoonpPC!~~60_35.JPG

Original iPod, with a whopping 5GB of storage and firewire connection. Now it looks clunky, old fashioned, physically huge and has very limited memory.

Well, I'd be more then happy to take it off your hands. :p

ianwuk
Mar 23, 2013, 08:29 PM
This was mine, I thought it was awesome and that 20GB was a massive amount of space:

http://trinifieds.com/classifieds/wp-content/uploads/classipress/20gb-ipod-1247539997.jpg

kylera
Mar 23, 2013, 08:50 PM
404193

I forget the name. All I remember was that it was by LG and was a multifunctional MP3/cassette/FM player with two slots for MMC with a maximum total of 32MB. It was the perfect bridge device - I could listen to MP3s and if a friend brought a different mix tape, I could borrow for a bit.

Jessica Lares
Mar 23, 2013, 09:46 PM
iPod third generation. Thinking about getting new parts for it, but I don't know.

blehpunk
Mar 24, 2013, 02:56 AM
diamond rio pmp 300, which i still have somewhere. it held about 8 songs, but i played them to death.

http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/recording.technology.history/images2/rio06.jpg

northernbaldy
Mar 24, 2013, 03:12 AM
I could only fit one album on it :eek:

http://img.clubic.com/00027862-photo-lecteur-mp3-sony-nw-ms9.jpg

MuffCabbage
Mar 24, 2013, 03:17 AM
iRiver
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GTPMAQR6L._SL500_AA300_.jpg


fasho



Loved that thing. Such a nice design for the time

Sent from my HTC 8X using Foroplex

Fralle
Mar 24, 2013, 03:17 AM
I wish I could say I got on the band wagon 2001, but my first was the truly amazing 4th generation nano green :D

http://www.frohberg.se/annat/iPod/nano4green.jpg

Medic311
Mar 24, 2013, 10:29 AM
My first mp3 player was technically a Sony Minidisc player bc I could load mp3's directly onto the discs for playback.

But my first hard drive based mp3 player was the Dell DJ. It was great until I dropped it onto the concrete floor in the engineering lab. Then I went without a mp3 player and went back to minidiscs as I was broke lol. Then when I got my first internship I bought a 30GB iPod 5.5 gen. Still works to this day!!! But I also have a shuffle that I was using for working out and just acquired a Nano 6th gen from a family member

For those not familiar with the Dell DJ:

http://the-gadgeteer.com/assets/dell-d2.jpg

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A Dell DJ in September 2004. In January I had gone back to school (12th grade) after Christmas break and the person in the desk next to me had gotten one for Christmas. I had never seen an MP3 player before and was fascinated. I thought it was a minidisc player at first. I immediately wanted one. I started researching MP3 players right away and saw the iPod for the first time. I ended up buying the Dell DJ after going to college for its cheaper price. I watched for sales and found a package deal with the higher capacity model and an in line remote included. I remember rocking out to it on campus walking to class and at my on campus job (cleaning flower pots and watering plants in the botany lab- true story). My Dell DJ broke maybe 2 years later and was replaced with the iPod Video when that came out.

Haha same story as me. I bought this when i started college bc it was the cheapest option out there - I got mine for only $45 bc Dell screwed up my laptop order and they gave me a huge credit towards a future dell purchase . When the Dell DJ came out it was a no brainer to finally ditch the minidisc player.

This player was great - it actually had better battery life than my friend's iPod. Sucks I dropped it onto the floor in the engineering lab and the drive broke haha

I replaced it with an iPod Video 5.5 gen (black one)

dXTC
Mar 24, 2013, 11:08 AM
My first MP3 player was a SanDisk 'Sansa' blah blah...Tho it already had a 30-pin connector, I always thought they were Apple exclusive o.O

(snip)


The Sansa used a similar but not identical connector. I know this because my wife's first MP3 player was a Sansa e250. It also sits in a drawer, unused. She said she liked it, but after a while, she started becoming jealous of how my first MP3 player always seemed to "just work", while her Sansa gave her fits trying to sync media to it.

And what was my first?

http://www.applematters.com/assets/images/uploads/old/products/cache/Blue_iPod_Nano_300x707.jpg

The 2nd gen nano, in blue.

Thetonyk123
Mar 24, 2013, 01:14 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/e8a3ugu3.jpg

Mine looked a little like this. I couldn't find a picture of it and I do not have it anymore. Mine was a plane white stick with controls on top and bottom. Had 128mb of storage and was $50

G-Force
Mar 24, 2013, 01:14 PM
Mpman F50, I believe it was 64 MB.

http://i.imgur.com/0yqZsD4.jpg

Thetonyk123
Mar 24, 2013, 01:18 PM
First I used an old Philips 4GB MP3 player. A few months later when I turned 13 I got a 32GB iPod touch 4th gen, and a few months after that I got a 2GB 4th gen shuffle. I am currently 16, my iPod touch fell apart, and I now own a 64GB iPod touch 5 (Black).

Picture attached

-iPod touch 4th Gen Black (Not my Pic)
-iPod touch 4th Gen Black (32GB, My Pic, Destroyed)
-iPod touch 5th Gen Black (64GB, Not my Pic)
-iPod shuffle 4th Gen Silver (2GB, My Pic)
-Philips MP3 Player Black (4GB, My Pic)

How does ones iPod touch 4 get destroyed like that? I've had my iPod touch 4 since November 2010 and it's still in tip top shape.

penfan82
Mar 24, 2013, 02:28 PM
iPod shuffle first one

AppleDeviceUser
Mar 25, 2013, 03:26 PM
How does ones iPod touch 4 get destroyed like that? I've had my iPod touch 4 since November 2010 and it's still in tip top shape.

I used it a lot, dropped over 100 times on cement, gravel, dirt, water, floor plus I drained the battery about twice a day and it still lasted about 1.5 years! Once it finally broke down I took it apart to see what is inside, I build stuff with electronics so I was interested. So I'd say it lasted a pretty long time for how it was being used.

Sophia.
Mar 25, 2013, 04:54 PM
http://cdn-static.cnet.co.uk/i/c/rv/sc/31297845/31297845-2-440-0.jpg

TouchMint.com
Mar 25, 2013, 05:38 PM
I also had an iriver. It was pretty sweet full of blink 182 and pod (by full i mean like 8-10 songs) lol.

I remember when I got my first ipod we couldnt figure out how to use the scroll wheel we didnt know it was a scroll so we would tap it and get it to move like 1 place it was pretty funny stuff.

TheMTtakeover
Mar 25, 2013, 05:38 PM
My first mp3 player was technically a Sony Minidisc player bc I could load mp3's directly onto the discs for playback.


I had the SAME thing! I was in middle school my friends used to laugh at me and say that is a floppy disc player not an mp3 player. HAHAHa

HeyKatie
Apr 4, 2013, 03:49 PM
406273

1GB, then a first gen iPod nano 2gb, second gen iPod nano 4gb, 3rd gen ipod nano 8gb, 5th ipod nano 16gb, ipod touch 3rd gen 32gb, now an iphone. Saving up for a classic.

Zendokan
Apr 4, 2013, 04:24 PM
http://www.gadgetsusp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/creative-zen.jpg

The Creative Zen 8gb from 2008 is my first mp3-player*.
I'm still using it daily and when I'm writing test scenarios it can be upto 7 hours a day.
Sometimes the screen stays white, but if you just restart it (not reset), the screen comes back and on rare occassions the colors of the UI are a shade lighter (again, just a restart to get the darker shade back).

I bought last year an iPod Nano 16gb 6th gen to replace it. Not because the Zen was defect, but Creative software doesn't support OSX. This meant that I couldn't put new songs on it.
I had tried the XNJB software, but I couldn't get it installed on OSX 10.6.x.
Afterwards I got it to work on OSX 10.8.3
So now the iPad Nano is banned to my car radio and I'm using again my Zen :D

*Before the Zen, it was the original Walkman and Discman and then a lot of years nothing.

mrkramer
Apr 4, 2013, 04:32 PM
1st Gen nano, got it a month or so after it came out.

Tsuchiya
Apr 4, 2013, 06:00 PM
iPod 3rd Gen, 15GB whenever it came out.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2772/4462370461_327b3cbb65.jpg

That iPod blew my mind.

theyooper
Apr 5, 2013, 12:17 PM
Sandisk Sansa® ExpressTM MP3 Player 2GBhttp://http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510VzpMOvbS._SL750_.jpg

TheAppleFairy
Apr 5, 2013, 12:41 PM
I didn't get my first MP3 player until I was 25, got the Sony NW-HD5.

http://i.t.com.com/i/lumiere/2006/05/31/31417605-320-0-19719-20060531_123138-320x240.jpg

I didn't want to give up my MD player, a Sony MZ-1 that I bought several years before. The remote worked with my MP3 player, so that was a plus.


http://i1.cdnds.net/13/05/618x434/tech-sony-minidisc-player.jpg

Apple fanboy
Apr 5, 2013, 12:45 PM
Still in daily use by my daughter.

typeadam
Apr 5, 2013, 04:27 PM
One of these 20GB bad boys. :D
I think this came out the year before the first iPod came out...
I think before this I had a Sony MD player but I can't remember. :confused:

http://asset2.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/sc/20493054-2-300-0.gif

Medic311
Apr 5, 2013, 05:38 PM
it could play the Middle C note for approximately 7 seconds.
it was such a beauty to listen to on loop

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/photos/uncategorized/2008/06/20/mark1.jpg

MVallee
Apr 6, 2013, 10:21 AM
http://s3images.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/144387_ipqDWAh9QigiSZOqUVkefQyJ2.jpg

I had this Intel MP3 player. Held 64MB of music and it had interchangeable faceplates so you could change the way it looked. I used it for about a year or more until I saved up enough from my summer job to get a 3rd Gen iPod.

lyunmac
Apr 6, 2013, 10:24 PM
My first mp3 player was the 4th generation iPod with click wheel.
In order that I bought them:
1) 4th gen iPod w/ click wheel(still works)
2) Samsung Upstage phone(phone died)
3) Samsung P3(touch screen is 75% dead)
4) iPod shuffle 2nd gen blue(dropped it into sewer and lost it)
5) Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0(current player which is great)
6) Current iPod shuffle gen, silver(going to use while jogging)

mm201
Apr 6, 2013, 11:49 PM
iPAQ 3830 (2003-2006)
Nintendo DS Lite (2006-2009)
iPod Nano 4G (2009-2010)
iPhone 4 (2010-present)

mssusan00
Apr 7, 2013, 01:59 AM
My first mp3 player was a Creative Muvo and I still have it, though its battery life is not great.

mpayne2k
Apr 15, 2013, 04:48 PM
To save money when the craze was first getting traction, I just purchased a $39.99 cd player around 2000 that would read and play mp3 discs which was nice as I could load about 8-10 albums on one burnt CDR and be good to go for the day.

I was late the the MiniDisc craze and around 2002 I upgraded to a Sony Sport MiniDisc player that played compressed (sony format, not mp3s) music and I could get about 2 or so albums on one MD.

Finally, to jump into the MP3 player pool I shunned the high price of Apple products and in 2004 asked for a Creative Zen Micro 5gb player for Christmas. I still have this player and occasionally pull it out for play in my car as it still has great sound! Even had better sound than my iPhone 4! I do believe my iPhone 5 finally has supperior sound to the Zen Micro.

Since mp3 player pricing started to fall around 2006/7, I've only owned Apple mp3 players through the years, upgrading whenever I want...including:

Shuffle 2nd gen
Nano 2nd gen
Nano 6th gen
iPod Touch 1st gen
iPod Touch 3rd gen

Currently I primarily just use my iPhone 5 which connects with bluetooth to my car stereo. It has been simply amazing to think of where the tech has gone over the years. It'd be funny to think about taking a current iPod Touch 5th gen back even 5-8 years and show it to your buddies...they probably couldn't comprehend what the device is capable of now!

JHUFrank
Apr 15, 2013, 05:02 PM
RCA Lyra. Loved the thing...

cheisA1A
Apr 15, 2013, 05:32 PM
My first was an iPod Nano 3rd gen. I still use it when biking or running.

I love seeing some of these old mp3 players. I remember wanting some of these so badly when I was younger. Good thread.

Arran
Apr 15, 2013, 05:43 PM
I used to time-shift uk radio programmes: I'd start recording a stream on a flash drive as soon as I woke and then play it back on the way to work.

The year was 2004 B.P. (before podcasts)

apple-ette
Apr 16, 2013, 08:26 AM
1. Sony Minidisc player (& recorder)
2. Rio Forge Sport 512MB

Still have them both.

scottw324
Apr 16, 2013, 12:45 PM
It has been awhile but I am pretty sure that mine was the Creative Labs NOMAD MuVo 128 MB MP3 Player. Still have it actually and I think it might still work. Kind of like the oldschool version of a iPod shuffle.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/411YFB0N6BL._SX300_.jpg

madsilencerr
Apr 16, 2013, 12:48 PM
My very first MP3 was the iPod nano 4G and it's still being used by my younger brother...

RoastingPig
Apr 16, 2013, 05:09 PM
i won one in a claw machine and it was a generic ipod moni

K0BI
Apr 16, 2013, 08:10 PM
http://images.geeksimages.com/imageshare/A/300x300/ACT210-R-unit.jpg

inselstudent
Apr 17, 2013, 04:50 AM
My first one was a freebie by the company Sun (recently acquired by Oracle) which my dad works for. 128MB of storage, yeah! That was back in 2002ish.

SkyBell
Apr 22, 2013, 07:10 AM
I don't remember the year, but it was one of these 256 MB no-namers.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/25/e8a3ugu3.jpg

My grandfather gave it to me when he upgraded. It held my entire music collection at the time, and Windows Media Player made it fairly easy to manage the music on it.

At some point a few years later, for some reason it began only playing the first 30 seconds of a song, and then skipping to the next one. By that time though, I'd already had an iPod or two, so it wasn't a big deal. Pretty sure I have it somewhere in my old room at my parents house too. :D

sakau2007
Apr 22, 2013, 08:25 AM
i had a cd player that could play mp3 cd's back in like 2000 or so. by 2002, my car had a head unit which could play MP3 CDs. i took the plunge and went full mp3 around 2003 or 2004. i believe it was a 30GB 3rd gen iPod.

DOUGHNUT
Apr 22, 2013, 08:38 AM
http://www.techknowman.com/electronics/mp3_player/RioVolt/RioVolt.jpg
old RioVolt, actually good storage since you could put 600mb worth of mp3's on one disc. just kinda bulky to carry around and eventually the thing broke. build quality isn't all that great since it is made of cheap plastic almost like a toy.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VW7T23VFL._SY300_.jpg
much smaller to carry around. capacity is terrible though. could probably put 3-4 albums worth of music on here like any of the typical pre hard drive mp3 players. had this for less than a year.

http://km.support.apple.com/library/APPLE/APPLECARE_ALLGEOS/HT1353/HT1353_29.jpg
the only iPod to lack any sort of clickwheel with the touch buttons. still beautiful to this date. i remember back in the early days, iPods were EXPENSIVE! 15gb version was 400 dollars but came with all the accessories like a belt clip, remote, dock etc in the cube box. had to use MusicMatch jukebox when it first came out until iTunes became available on PC's.

subsequently have owned an iPod photo, original iPod nano and then the iPhone started to take its place.
technology has come a long way:
http://cdn3.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/5679561/iPhone5_main1_large_verge_super_wide.jpg

Shanghaichica
Jun 8, 2013, 04:02 PM
399733

This was my first one too. I got it in 2005.

After that I got an iPod nano in 2007 and then an iPod classic in 2008. In 2009 I got the iPhone 3G and started using my iPhone for music. In 2010 I got the iPhone 4 and used that until it was stolen in 2012.

After that I got a Samsung galaxy note but realised that it was crap for music so I then got an iPod touch 5th generation which I'm currently using. My next phone will be the iPhone 5S/6, whatever the next iPhone is called but I still think I'll use an iPod touch as I like the idea of having another device for music, audio books, podcasts without having to worry about it taking up space on my phone or the battery down.

skaertus
Jun 8, 2013, 04:08 PM
Mine was one from Creative which I bought back in 2005, I guess.

ThisIsNotMe
Jun 9, 2013, 12:52 AM
http://mikeschinkel.com/images/creative-technology.nomad-jukebox.jpg

Rolls Royce of MP3 players ~1999
Replaced by an iPod v1 in 2001 and never looked back.

Dolorian
Jun 9, 2013, 01:01 AM
The original 5GB iPod.

jakesaunders27
Jun 13, 2013, 01:18 AM
1st Gen iPod Nano 2GB

pagansoul
Jun 13, 2013, 06:31 AM
I had an ipod (pre-color screen), PSP (the old one) and a Creative Zen but I don't remember the years.

sick z33
Jun 13, 2013, 06:35 AM
Dell Jukebox - very old school!

OldLadywithiPod
Jun 13, 2013, 11:02 AM
I first bought a 2G Coby mp3 player that was powered by a AA battery and had excellent sound despite being a cheapy plastic thing. I think I bought it right before I was given an iPod 2nd generation Nano, also a 2G, as a gift.

I still use a newer Coby mp3 player in the office and as a knock-around player. For the money, Cobys still has good sound - at least to my ears. Their players look like plastic toys but honestly their cases and buttons haven't broken on me yet. During the summer mine stays in the hot car sometimes. :( The battery is still going strong, sound is still quite acceptable.

.Asa
Jun 13, 2013, 11:51 AM
Mine was a 1GB first gen iPod shuffle. I was about nine years old then and it was the envy of all my freinds with their Coby and Panasonic MP3 players. I have since owned 5 iPods with my most current one being the 5g touch. Apple's marketing strategy has worked wonders :)

samreddevilz
Jun 19, 2013, 11:26 AM
Unfortunately It was not iPod. I forgot the name but it was from Sony Inc.

Hmm
Jun 19, 2013, 05:45 PM
Archos Jukebox 6000.

http://static.blogo.it/gadgetblog/archosjukebox6000.jpg

KUguardgrl13
Jun 21, 2013, 02:55 AM
1st gen iPod shuffle 512 mb. It replaced a well-loved Sony Walkman CD player. I need to find that Shuffle and display it. Still have the original earbuds, but they've long since died.

sunnysweet
Jul 3, 2013, 08:55 PM
Mine is OPPE MP3 player, but it was lost on my home, unlucky :(

mentaluproar
Jul 4, 2013, 12:12 AM
I had some cheapie iRock beige thing with only 32 megs of storage. Replaced it with a minidisc player, which I actually loved. The software used to connect to it didn't work after I migrated to a new OS, so I got an iPod 5.5. Stayed with apple since.

mlovergaard
Jul 4, 2013, 03:24 AM
http://www.digicircle.com/images/product_image/AppleMini%202nd%20Gen%206GB.gif

Before this is was my beloved CD player, I even bought all my jeans making sure the CD player fit, then along came the iPod and I never had that problem anymore.

SAIRUS
Jul 6, 2013, 07:07 PM
A pentium computer?

A Palm Pilot. I remember the memory was crap, but I loaded a few movie quotes into it for randomness.

I even continued to use the Palm Pilot after the iPod because the iPod would skip during runs sometimes.

afd
Jul 7, 2013, 05:02 AM
An Ericsson HPM-10 (http://www.eway-uk.com/Product%20Ericsson%20MP3%20Headset.htm) on an Ericsson R520m, it came with a parallel port MMC reader, which wasn't a lot of good with my G3 iMac. The minidisk player I had before it was much better.

OnceYouGoMac
Jul 7, 2013, 09:42 AM
It was some el cheapo one I can't remember the name of. I went through several of those before getting an iPod Nano 8GB for Christmas 2007. Now I have a 4th gen iPod Touch running iOS 6 and I've never looked back since.

SeattleMoose
Jul 8, 2013, 02:44 PM
My first MP3 player was the original "stick of gum" iPod Shuffle that I bought in spring of 2005. It held a work day's worth of music and was a great first player. It was during this time that I "digitized" over 400 CDs into iTunes so I could pick and choose which songs I wanted on my iPod.

Finally upgraded to a iPod Nana 3G (the fattie form factor) and that is STILL my go to iPod (iPhone is limited since it has "other stuff" chewing up the memory). The shuffle sits unused in a drawer....

The best iPod Nano was the 5G...recorded/played video, had a beautiful form factor, and the original clickwheel (which you can operate in the dark or in a pocket). Starting with the Nano 6G...it was downhill for the Nano line.

Biggest iPod gripe has been the capacities have not grown on the shuffle and Nano.

Hastings101
Jul 8, 2013, 06:31 PM
Clickwheel iPod from around 2004 was my first MP3 player

Stole the pic from Wikipedia :p

designs216
Jul 9, 2013, 03:49 PM
iPod Nano, 4th Generation

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/IPod_Nano_4G_black_crop.jpg/125px-IPod_Nano_4G_black_crop.jpg

kuebby
Jul 9, 2013, 04:09 PM
Last month was my 10-year iPod anniversary.

First MP3 player (and iPod) was a 10GB 3rd Gen, bought in June 2003 for $300.

oneMadRssn
Jul 9, 2013, 04:48 PM
First: Sony MiniDisc player

http://resize.over-blog.com/380x285-cz5t.jpg?~aHR0cDovL2ltZy53aWtpby1leHBlcnRzLmNvbS8wLzAyLzUzLzI3LzIwMTEtMDYvMS1UaGUtU29ueS1NWi1ONzA3LU 1pbmlkaXNjLXdhbGttYW4tLS1Tb3VyY2UtLUF1dGguanBn

Second: Rio 500 - 64MB internal, and I had a few 32MB and 64MB SmartMedia Cards. Good times.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/27/Rio_500.jpg/220px-Rio_500.jpg

Third: TDK Mojo, because it was the cheapest MP3 CD player with a screen to display artist and song info, and folder browsing.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z8VKE2DJL._SX300_.jpg

tmanto02
Jul 9, 2013, 07:47 PM
My first MP3 player was a Rio 500. It came with 64MB and was upgradeable to 128MB.

Image (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/27/Rio_500.jpg/220px-Rio_500.jpg)

It was really not good. It was slow to load via USB 1.1 and only held an hour of music. It was nearly useless.

I got my first iPod a few years later. It was a 3rd gen classic that I still use here and there to this day.

Image (http://www.buymytronics.com/products/1179_300.jpg)

It still rules. :)

Best iPod ever made!

asdfierie
Jul 10, 2013, 04:43 AM
http://news.mynavi.jp/articles/2001/10/19/sp250/images/02full.jpg
RioVolt SP250. Not sure if this counts. I'd cram as many MP3s I could onto a CD. My first "legit" MP3 player was the third generation iPod.

digglesworth
Jul 10, 2013, 11:03 AM
I don't have any pictures but my first mp3 player was a piece of crap that had 64meg and I would put as many 128k mp3s on it as I could. So glad I switched to an iPod a few months later and I never looked back. I have my iPhone 5 for avg use and when I need to really get my music going I have my 4th Gen 20gig iPod. Replaced the battery in it last year so she's ready to go about 6 more years.

cambookpro
Jul 11, 2013, 04:07 PM
http://gigapple.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/first-gen-ipod.jpg

1st gen iPod.

Then a first gen mini, and that was the first iPod I truly loved.

9 iPods later, I now use my 4th gen iPod shuffle as my primary MP3 player.

Brittany246
Jul 11, 2013, 05:54 PM
My first MP3 player was the 2nd generation 2gb iPod Nano, and I got it for my 14th birthday back in 2006. It was released a couple of weeks before hand. I think I still have it.

Pegamush
Aug 13, 2013, 04:05 PM
in 2005 i got my first mp3 player, a mind-blowing 60GB 5gen ipod! it was soo expensive!
and now, after years of trading and selling i'm back to a 30gb 5gen ipod classic :D running rockbox like a charm!

caseyfriday
Aug 14, 2013, 11:20 AM
RioVolt SP250. Not sure if this counts. I'd cram as many MP3s I could onto a CD. My first "legit" MP3 player was the third generation iPod.

OMG, I had that CD player too, and it was freaking amazing! 8 minutes of skip protection with 128kbps mp3's, and it had a full EQ on it. Not to mention the FM tuner.

That was the greatest CD player of all time.

Holte139
Aug 14, 2013, 12:14 PM
Mine was a Sony Walkman but I absolutely hated the god-awful SonicStage software!

egoistaxx9
Aug 14, 2013, 04:07 PM
ipod (second generation) was my first player, all of my friends had it and they also forced me to get it, it was really great, but nowadays, smartphones have finished the need of music players, ipod 4G was my last music player.

Markyyy
Aug 14, 2013, 10:04 PM
Creative MuVo 128MB...
http://images.europe.creative.com/iss/images/artwork/a6_rgb/muvo_v200_512_c.jpg

It was my baby :) only held like 10 songs cause I used to have a thing about using a minimum of 320Kb/s quality tracks. Then the xmas after the first iPod Touch came out, I asked santa for this:
http://blog.blessonjose.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Creative_Zen_Mp3_Mp4_player.jpg

I went to a family xmas day party, taking with me my favourite present like kids do, and my cousin had gotten the original iPod touch, he showed me how it did web browsing and how it was just a big touch screen, and I thought 'your's is better than mine D:' cause i always had a bit of rivalry with that cousin... So I had my mum take mine back and get a refund, and I bought my very first Apple product, the original iPod Touch :). Until then, I had been against buying Apple products.

(to be fair, the Creative Zen had crashed a couple times already on xmas morning and I'd had to reset it by finding a pin to push the tiny reset button on the back. So I'd had a good reason to get a refund. Otherwise I'd have been stuck with my Creative Zen, ewwww!

It Is James
Aug 15, 2013, 06:59 AM
This little thing served me great, but the upgrade to an iPod Classic was so much nicer.

roadbloc
Aug 17, 2013, 03:24 AM
I was one of the lucky ones. 5GB seemed too big to be true at the time.

http://km.support.apple.com/library/APPLE/APPLECARE_ALLGEOS/HT1353/HT1353_30.jpg

I regret selling it, but I badly wanted the 40GB 3rd gen when it was released. After the 3rd gen I got a 6th gen which I still have. Hopefully in a few years I can sell my 6th gen for a next gen. :)

Dalton63841
Aug 17, 2013, 04:10 AM
This little guy was my first mp3 player. 4GB internal storage, but it had a microSD card slot that I put an 8GB card in. It lasted me about 3 years.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31d7kBSlRqL._SS400_.jpg

venomgt95
May 21, 2014, 09:47 AM
Orange 4th Gen shuffle. still use it. i dont think i could ever sell it. it was my first ever iPod, so its kinda special to me :) my second was a silver 4GB 3rd gen nano that i found in a parking lot :P