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He might be referring to

  tape->phono->cd-!->mp3 (originally not well received)
                \-> mp3 if called iPod

To say the mp3 was not well received before the iPod is goofy. You remember Napster right?!

Before that- in the '80s- it failed. We had "perfect" reproduction. Who was going to settle for less than that? Oh, I see, people who don't really care about perfect reproduction and want to listen to 1200 songs at the gym.

But to answer your question, I never used Napster (but I know it was popular).

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