Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
The Rio 500 device is the first portable MP3 player to support the Macintosh platform, connecting to iMac and G3 systems through the USB port. During its debut at the 1999 MacWorld Expo, the Rio 500 product was awarded the "Best of Show." The player includes Casady & Greene’s SoundJam MP digital audio system, which provides a powerful suite of digital audio tools, including MP3 encoding, playback and downloading, for Macintosh users.
So it looks like the Mac is getting some respect from the MP3 world. With USB catching on in the PC world, hardware developers only need the right software to make it Mac-compatible. Way to go, Rio!