The Diamond Rio PMP300 holds the false status as the first MP3 player. This fact is practically cemented in technology folklore, but actually the first commercially available MP3 player was the Eiger Labs / Saehan MPMan which was available in the USA and Asia several months before the Diamond Rio was launched in the UK.
It was introduced September 15th 1998 and was about the same dimensions of a pack of cards. The Rio was black and had an LCD screen and a circular pad with control buttons.
Most people wrongly think Diamond Rio was first because, like many other major development in digital music, the Rio brought with it a flurry of legal wrangling and media exposure. On October 8, 1998, the American recording industry group, the Recording Industry Association of America, filed an application for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the sale of the Rio player in the Central District Court of California, claiming the player violated the 1992 Audio Home Recording Act.
Judge Andrea Collins issued the temporary order on October 16, but required the RIAA to post a $500,000 bond that would be used to compensate Diamond for damages incurred in the delay if Diamond eventually prevailed in court. Diamond then announced that it would temporarily delay shipment of the Rio.
On October 26, Judge Collins denied the RIAA's application. After the lawsuit ended, Diamond sold 200,000 players.
Our Diamond Rio PMP300 is boxed with all of its associated items including memory cards and PC interface.
We currently do not have our charges listed online, but we are happy to quote you by phone. Please call us on 01440 709794 and we'll be happy to help.
Minimum Order Charge
We do have a minimum order charge of £50 (excluding delivery) for all hires. This is to cover the time involved in organising and dispatching a single small item. Sorry :-(
New clients are required to pay in advance by BACS or credit card. Repeat customers can open a credit account with us on 30 days terms.
Multiple Items & Job Lots
If you're looking to fit out an entire set and need many items, we are happy to quote a discounted rate based on the quantity of items.
The term dry hire means to hire an item without having a technician supplied to support it. Most of our small items are available to dry hire, but some of the more complicated equipment that require specialist knowledge are not. In these cases we will deliver the item(s) personally and set them up for you. Please call us for a quotation based on the hire period and location.