Goodbye, Zeros

Noughties Goodbye, Zeros

The decade is almost over, and it’s been quite a ride. In ten years, we’ve gone from MP3 players so embarrassingly bulky you could probably kill a large animal with them, to something so compact you could lose it in your very own pocket. We’ve gone from being able to take a handful of songs with us, to being able to carry entire collections. Noisy, bulky, mechanical storage was replaced by silent, compact, efficient flash memory. We’ve gone from syncing via parallel ports to being able to sync without wires at all. Black and white dot-matrix LCDs capable of showing a few lines of text are now full color, capable of displaying brilliant full-motion video.

Okay, so maybe Anything But iPod wasn’t around for the first part of the decade, but it’s been amazing bringing you the latest news and reviews for the second half. We’d like to say thank you for being here with us for the last 5 years, as none of this would be possible without you. We’re looking forward to being right here with you for the journey into the next ten years of audio player tech.

So here’s to the next 10, which hopefully will bring more amazing tech, flying cars, and meals in pills. Unfortunately, it will likely bring zombies instead. Lots of zombies.


adamson on December 30, 2009 5:22 PM

Perhaps it will bring Soylent Green?

maiqk on December 30, 2009 5:34 PM

Parallel ports?!?!?!

HulkSmashNow on December 30, 2009 8:58 PM

Doesn’t this decade end next year, as there was no Year Zero? Or have I already said too much?

Symmetry on December 30, 2009 10:05 PM

Here’s hoping Cowon comes out with a PMP that has the S9′s form factor, screen, and customizability…but with either an SD card slot or more memory.It’s been a good decade, 200x.

Clark on December 30, 2009 10:55 PM

Even though I don’t have much to contribute, I have really enjoyed this site, and learned a good bit too. Thanks for the effort.

joe on December 31, 2009 12:09 AM

symmetry, here’s to hoping Cowon releases an S9 with h.264 support, to at least the BP at LV3. HP support would be nice at 720p, but just as important would be .mp4/mv4 and .mkv support, complete with support for multiple audio track files and multiple subs.Until that happens, the Archos % IT is for me. Which, btw, are you going to review that?

kiyu727 on December 31, 2009 7:04 AM

zombies ??what do you know what we dont ….

electron on December 31, 2009 11:43 AM

hehe, zombie joke = WIN!! :D Happy New Year all :) I am proud to be an anythingbutipod-er ;)

Tobey on December 31, 2009 2:21 PM

@HulkSmashNow Shh, you’re ruining the moment.@kiyu727 We have our sources. Be sure to stick with abi>> in the ’10s for the latest zombie uprising news, and of course, latest DAP reviews.

WhyCry on December 31, 2009 5:19 PM

Hopefully, this year Cowon brings out a touch screen that beats apples… Apple has horrible sound quality, but their screens are still the most responsive after 3 years T.T Come on Samsung Cowon!!!

tds01 on January 1, 2010 12:52 PM

I just wanted to wish all here @ABI>>> a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!!! May it be filled w/all the DAP/PMP goodness you can handle.

lgs on January 5, 2010 5:40 PM

In ten years we’ll be looking back at the decade with 2020 vision.Thanks and Happy New Year to all at ABI!

ferd burfel on January 7, 2010 4:25 PM

Ah, yes, transferring music to a MMC card with a parallel port attached card reader. Then putting the 16MB MMC into my iJam iJ-100. Those were the days.

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