Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

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

PowerCD: Portable Audio From Apple In 1993


The $499 Apple PowerCD was released in 1993. This somewhat stylish unit was designed by Philips and could function as a stand-alone CD player, a 1X SCSI CD-ROM drive, or a Kodak Picture CD player. It needed 6 AA batteries and external speakers (which even had little Apple logos), making it completely impractical for portable use unless you owned a pack mule. This gadget also displayed Kodak's Picture CD format on your TV, which Kodak envisioned as the wave of the future. Little did they know what the Interweb had in store for us.

I bought my first Apple CD-ROM drive in 1992 for $354 (with educational discount). It came in a hefty rectangular steel case and transferred data at a glacial 1x (150K/sec). That was fairly typical at the time, and the PowerCD was incredibly stylish and well-specified in comparison (it even came with a beautifully sculpted Philips remote). Alas, consumers wanted cheap and functional rather than expensive and curvy and the PowerCD vanished quickly from the market.

The Apple PowerCD


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