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So close

It’s the tenth anniversary of the mp3 player. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Diamond Rio PMP300, but the MPMan F10.

So, I almost have a collectible piece of gadgetry. In high school I got an Eiger Labs F20V, which is the second generation of the MPMan F10. As far as I know, the thing still works, though it’s probably lost somewhere in my parents’ house. Still, second gen of the original isn’t bad, right?

It brings back fond memories, too. Like after a basketball game when a teammate of mine was talking to someone about how he heard about these cool things that you could put songs on from your computer. I got to interrupt the conversation and go “oh, that thing you’re talking about? You mean this.”

Then there was the time I discovered that because our computer speakers sucked and the sound quality on the player was so poor I could encode mp3s at 64 kbps and it sounded fine. That made my early mp3 collection largely useless after a few years, but luckily my tastes had evolved enough that it wasn’t a big deal. I still had some of those 64 kbps mp3s when I started college.

All right, I’m done now. I assume this is what my generation’s nostalgia looks like. I’m sure you old people were drooling over your 8-track and record players in the same manner.

We’re so much cooler than you were.

Categories: Personal, Tech
  1. March 11, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Not even close, cupcake. Brain Salad Surgery on original vinyl. That’s so cool.

  2. March 11, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Ah, yes. My computer was so slow back then, I was running a 486DX2 when everybody was getting their fancy schmancy Pentium 2 computers. I was so excited about the MP3 phenomenon that I converted several songs to .wav format so they could play on my computer. But, alas, I couldn’t fit much more than 10 of them on my 300MB hard drive. And my computer froze up while they were playing so I couldn’t do anything.

    Those were the days………

  3. March 14, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Haha, it’s sitting in my closet actually- I can see it from here. I think I started stealing it after you bought your first Dell player; last time I remember using it was camping in Glacier.

    …Curiousity got the best of me. I tracked down a AA and flipped it on. Here’s what was on it:

    Mod Flanders Conspiracy (two songs)
    Nightwish – Nemo
    Modest Mouse – Dramamine, Float On
    POD – Satellite, Youth of a Nation

    Works great, though those are 128kb files and that’s all it’ll hold from what I remember. Anyway, I don’t understand my brief fascination with POD (I don’t dislike them, but, meh), but I still listen to everything on it.

  4. Gretchen
    April 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm


    Do you have an MPMan? Which model? The F10 or F20? Would you be interested in selling it to me?



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