You know, flash/stick MP3 players are cool. I know everyone just has a mobile phone now, which killed the MP3 player industry, but I still think it'd be cool to have, say, a fancy flash player updated with modern technology.

I have talked with a few people IRL who say they miss having a modern, quality MP3 player. I also miss MP3 players (nowadays would be called OGG players), but more specifically, I miss THESE players!

Pictured, in order, are:
Sony NWZ-B183F
Philips SA2325


But I mean, you know, let's say I started a kickstarter to make a fancy new stick player. Once the product is complete, the only real consumers would be me along with the tiny circlejerk of a fanbase who backed the project. The idea simply has no realistic audience.

I guess I just feel like it's an underappreciated part of Electronic history. /That's/ the main reason I'm talking about it.

Thanks for reading my status. 👍

@MutoShack Are you sure they don't still exist? MediaTek still makes SoC's targeted at portable music players, and after a quick search I found things like this (not sure what chipset it uses)


It's weird that some people still make SoCs! I've heard of AGPTek a few times before ( in fact, they sell the kind of player I was just describing), but I can't help but wonder how much revenue they generate from them. I mean, it's becoming more and more niche to own a flash player.

@MutoShack I think the chipmakers can sell the do-it-all chips really cheap, since the designs are done and they're using mature tech. Then it's a simple board around the chip. Probably not tons of profit, but it's likely a good little business.

It's niche in the developed world, but a multi-day battery and storage divorced from your phone is a big deal, especially in developing countries. I don't think it's a growth business...

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