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Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

A Look Back At The First Popular MP3 Player

Eiger Man

Portable mp3 players haven't been around for long, but a few are already collectibles. The first unit on the market was the Korean-made Saehan MPMan, which hit Far East stores in 1998. It arrived in North America as the Eiger Man that summer, beating the Diamond Rio to market by a few months. Diamond became famous by attracting the wrath of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), even though their product wasn't first to market. This was probably because US-based Diamond was a much easier target for a lawsuit.

The original MPMan offered a whopping 32MB of flash memory, enough for an hour of music. The follow-up F20 (shown above) includes a SmartMedia slot, allowing expansion to 64MB. Tunes are transferred to the player using a bizarre parallel cable that connects to the printer port. Believe it or not, Eiger introduced Windows XP drivers for this puppy in 2004. It looks huge in comparison to today's svelte players, but I still enjoy the sparse and simple Sonyish design.

Believe it or not, you can still buy these new for $50
(Amazon)

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