March 27, 2008 12:32 pm

iPod Nano - the future of mp3 playersIt may be hard to believe, but the first MP3 player celebrates its 10th birthday this March! While many of us (including me, InventHelp’s Invention Girl) wonder how we lived without them, MP3 technology is still a relatively new medium for music.

Waaaay back in 1998, we lived in a different world. When I wanted to listen to music on the go, I popped a CD into my Sony Discman® and brought along a book of my favorite CDs with me, in case my mood changed mid-journey. And if I wanted to listen to a music mix, I had to (gasp!) make a mixed cassette tape – remember those?

Also known as the Digital Audio Player and Personal Media Player (hey, InventHelp’s Gadget Diva just calls it the iPod), this revolution in music enjoyment made its world debut at the CeBit tech trade show in Hanover, Germany. Manufactured by Korea’s Saehan Information Systems, the device sold for $250 and featured 32MB of flash memory. It wasn’t until 2001 that the arguably most recognizable MP3 player, the iPod, was introduced.

Looking back, it’s obvious that digital audio technology has progressed leaps and bounds since its introduction 10 years ago. I for one will try to keep that in mind before I take my iPod for granted again!

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