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What Was the Very First MP3 You Downloaded?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the fun-discussion-pieces dept.

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Anonymous Coward asks: "I was wondering whether people remember the very first MP3 file they ever downloaded. For me it was Cher's 1998 single 'Believe.' I was at work and, after reading an article about MP3s on CNET, I figured I'd give it a try. I think it's strange that I remember it so clearly. I mean, it's not like it was a first kiss or anything. I started out using WS FTP LE and Winamp. 1000s of MP3s later, WS FTP LE is a distant memory but Winamp is still my player of choice. What about you?"

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Should I answer the truth ? (1)

dago (25724) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996293)

Very first MP3 I had : Village People - YMCA.

Snirf ... but why ???

I wasn't even able to play it at full bitrate and in stereo on my poor 386.

Re:Should I answer the truth ? (0)

740916 (740916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996393)

Yeah, I tried playing Strawberryfire by The Apples. Unfortunately, I only had a 486SX running at 33Mhz, so I couldn't play the thing at full speed unless I used mpg123 to convert it to wav, and then play the wav file. Now my 1.5Ghz Pentium III has no problem playing episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex while downloading the original score at 400KB/sec. (yay for cable modems!)

Re:Should I answer the truth ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7997446)

I call bullshit. The Apples In Stereo released Strawberryfire on their 1999 Album Her Wallpaper Reverie. Why would you still be running a 33Mhz 486 in 1999?(assuming downloaded it the day it came out) Common, at least pick a song that would have been out in 1997....

My First MP3 (1)

iq in binary (305246) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996296)

Was Chemicals Between Us from Bush. I was all of 14 years old, just discovering napster.

Re:My First MP3 (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996499)

napster, hah.
spin doctors - two princes

found it lying around on one (*krhm*) warez ftp 'back in the day' in a .zip .. took a while to find a player (winplay3, none other!) and shortly afterwards being VERY impressed by the audio quality and small size(and thinking that 'this is going to be big' and 'I want more of these' - and surely enough I would leech any mp3 I got my hands on and then thinking that 1 cdr, which were starting to get affordable, full of mp3's is a shitload of them).

I am unimpressed by your high geek quotent. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996565)

My first was the opening theme from The Record of The Lodoss Wars. (Y solo prisionero, or something to that effect.) Second was Amish Paradise by wierd Al.

Re:My First MP3 (1, Interesting)

HawkPilot (730860) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996880)

I still remember the day as well. I was driving home for lunch and listening to NPR's Morning Edition. (I live in Germany.) They had a feature about mp3's and how it would change the world. I think that this was winter of 1998.

I downloaded Garbage - Stupid Girl. I remember not having anything to play it so then I had to download a player. Might have been winamp, I don't remember exactly. Anyway, once I played it, I remeber thinking that it sounded like crap. (I didn't realize it then, but it was recorded at 56kbps.)

Later in the week I downloaded Jewel - Foolish games. It was recorded at 128kbps. I knew then that it really was the future.

winamp.. and the llama (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996307)

Winamp5 suxors teh llama's ass.

OMG let's make this a "first iTunes downloaded" thread!! iPod 4ever..

My first? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996426)

My first MP3? The last one I remember is of Aphex twin from their promotional site, and then again today from Garmarna.


Winamp has never been my player of choice.

F3 in TotalCMD for quick listening,
Xinf for the best media library ever + good X-platform.
iTunes for superior M4A (AAC), CD burning (ala Nero), Fastest/best ripping, Mac/Windows cross-platforms.

Who cares about skins (iTunes is perfect already) and visulization?

winamp just irks me with its browser plugin.

Yep, anonymous is good (5, Funny)

alastairm (99768) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996316)

For me it was Cher's 1998 single 'Believe.'

Well I think we can all see why you don't want to reveal your identity.

Re:Yep, anonymous is good (4, Funny)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996488)

It's either that or because his e-mail address is

Re:Yep, anonymous is good (3, Funny)

joFFeman (574971) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996653)

hey- i'm a cher fan. openly.

and when you're a cher fan, a word like 'openly' has a double-meaning, i suppose.

Scour! (1)

meckhert (186609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996319)

UCLA fight song baby! Long live Scour!

Me? never downloaded one! (5, Funny)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996325)

No sir! I didn't! Never! I don't even know what they are! What's an mp3 anyway? Huh? Why you bringing the subject up? Maybe YOU have something to hide, huh? huh? huh?

*shifty eyes*


Re:Me? never downloaded one! (4, Funny)

Molina the Bofh (99621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996751)

> What's an mp3 anyway?

MP3 is a loathable format created by communists in order to disrupt economics. Those evil terrorists usually approach innocent kids with crap speak like "information wants to be free".

DON'T FALL INTO THIS TRAP. Chances are if you ever try one MP3, you'll become addicted and need more and more. Countless downloads, and sleepless nights are to come. Not to talk on spending loads of cash for new HD's, and faster broadband. Even worse, you may fall to the perils of file sharing, in wich a bad hacker will download and destroy all your files.

It's often said that MP3s are a gateway file. Once MP3s are not enough, people usually want stronger files, like .AVI, .MPEG.

Re:Me? never downloaded one! (1)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996784)

What's an mp3 anyway?

I think he means what's the first picture from the 3rd series of Monty Python you downloaded. You know, Monty Python 3rd series pictures are really popular nowadays.

Warren G - Regulate (2, Interesting)

beat.bolli (126492) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996335) least according to the time stamp. Great double bass drum!

But I don't download that much, most of what I listen to I ripped from my own CDs.

Re:Warren G - Regulate (1)

Beatbyte (163694) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997626)

It was a cold black night... lol

This was my third mp3.. strange

My first was a punk band called Refused. The song was "Rather Be Dead"... they're still my favorite band.. even though they broke up :(

Rage against the machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996339)

The Ghost of Tom Joad
Switched from WinAmp to iTunes

I still choke my chicken to windows media player tho

If you buy... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996345)

I remember driving home and hearing a song on the radio. I just got a dial-up account a couple of days before that and as far as I can remember, there weren't any p2p networks back then. So, after searching the web for hours (using HotBot), I finally managed to find the file.

Ironically, the song went something like "If you buy this record your life will be better..." and I wasn't among the buyers. Must be the reason why higschool sucked so much. ;)

Re:If you buy... (1)

XiC (207670) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996559)

Artist: tamperer
Song: If You Buy This Record (Your Life Will Be Better)

Not music at all (4, Interesting)

ctr2sprt (574731) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996356)

I first was exposed to MP3s on my college's LAN. This was back when I ran OS/2, so I think my first player was actually a port of mpg123. (Later there came a Winamp clone that was slightly better.) But all my first MP3s were not actually music. At the time I was much more into classical music and very strange genres, which weren't really available. But there were lots of clips from Dennis Leary, Chris Rock, and other comedians. So that's what I started with. The music came later, when MP3s were popular enough that other people on the network got music I actually liked. Eventually I started listening to the other stuff too, just because it was so easy, and found I liked a lot of it.

I probably had a P-133. My roommate had a P2-266 of which I was extremely jealous. Of course, I graduated with a P3-450 and he graduated with a P2-266, so I suppose I had the last laugh.

Re:Not music at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7997572)

I probably had a P-133. My roommate had a P2-266 of which I was extremely jealous. Of course, I graduated with a P3-450 and he graduated with a P2-266, so I suppose I had the last laugh.

Well, since you took a couple years longer to graduate, I'm not so sure you actually had the last laugh. :-)

Sash! (3, Interesting)

DiSKiLLeR (17651) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996357)

For me, it was Sash - Encore Un Fios!

I still love the song.

This was back in 1997 i think??. I had a Cyrix P166+ running Windows NT. The poor machine STRUGGLED like hell, using 50 to 60% cpu. (apparently because the cpu had a very bad maths co processor, and decoding an mp3 uses alot of floating point math, so it was killing the cpu).

It also caused it to crash regularly. I found underclocking my cpu to 150mhz fixed the problem.

But i still have that original mp3 that a friend sent me, burnt to CD-R :)

I don't use winamp anymore, i use itunes. And i use limewire. I think the file was sent to me over irc (dcc) originally.


Re:Sash! (1)

Retribution (35798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996482)

I feel retarded for even brining this up, but since You mentioned the Cyrix P166+, and that's what I was running at the time, I feel compelled to nitpick. Yes, I'm being dumb, and doing nothing more than trying to show off (and failing) my knowledge of obscure, outdated and useless information, but...

The P166+ ran at 150MHz by default. It was the first CPU I had that was marketed to be "competetive with the equivilent speed Pentium" or some bull like that. Basically, all of the Cyrix 6x86 line chips ran one notch slower than their names implied. I felt ripped for a little bit, then I thought about how little I paid for the dang thing, and felt a little better.

OT (1)

zelphior (668354) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996764)

I had the same CPU in my first computer as well. I was kinda bummed when I found that it was only 150MHz, but I had a friend with a Pentium 166MHz, and there didn't seem to be much of a speed difference. I loved that old computer, it worked great for years, well after we got our first P2 and P3. I think it finally ended up getting sold in a garage sale when we moved into a smaller house without enough room for extra computers.

Re:Sash! (1)

Cpyder (57655) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996513)

Heh, for me it also was Sash!, but the single Equador. It did not come from the internet, but from a local BBS on which MP3s where the new big thing. Even tough I got my first internet account in late 1994 I still continued to connect to BBS as late as 1998, because back then my internet subscription was billed on a hourly late, on top of the hourly rates we have to pay on local phone calls here in Belgium, while most BBS's didn't require any sort of subscription. A few months later the first cheap flat-rate internet subscription appeared, and most BBS's round here quickly faded away after that)

Re:Sash! (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996792)

If you had it encoded as mp2 it might have sounded a bit worse and been a larger file (higher bitrate necessary), but I think it would have used less CPU. :-)

Sir Mix Alot (1)

Deimos_ (14332) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996385)

I Like Big Butts. o/~ and I cannot lie o/~

The good ole' Napster days (1)

program21 (469995) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996401)

The first MP3 I downloaded was Don't Fear (The Reaper) by Blue Oyster Cult. I remember just how excruciatingly slow it was on the 56k modem I had at the time, but it all seemed worth it to be able to play the song whenever I wanted, at first through the Napster play but through Winamp shortly thereafter.

Re:The good ole' Napster days (2)

the Man in Black (102634) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997249)

Don't Fear (The Reaper) by Blue Oyster Cult

Am I the only one who can no longer hear this song without seeing Will Farrell' belly flopping around as he wails on a cowbell?

"I got a FEVA! And the only MORE COWBELL [] !"

Can't remember (1)

zcat_NZ (267672) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996408)

I totally can't remember, because I don't download many MP3's. I prefer to rip them from CD myself.

The hardest to find was "1970's Dictator Chic - Jacknife Lee" which is used in a rather good advert by out local phone monopoly. I wasn't going to buy a CD for just one song (assuming I could have found it for sale) and it wasn't in the library. So I waited probably more than a year, and eventually it turned up. Took me several tries before I could finally download it because the one person who had it kept logging off!

Downloaded, then purchased. (4, Interesting)

ezraekman (650090) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996419)

I also began with WS-FTP and Winamp, though I'm not using either anymore. Many many moons ago, I was on an Underworld binge, and downloaded an Underworld mix of a Chemical Brothers song. A week later, I owned the single. I still do this with music, and now, I'm also downloading AVIs and MPEGs of interesting looking movies that I don't particularly relish paying a rental fee just to see if I like them. But if I do, I'll own the DVD shortly. To me, the archive and legitimacy is worth the cash.

Hey! Media industry moguls! Pay attention! I'm your target market. I try. If I like, I buy. Go ahead; sue me for sampling what I like for free via P2P, instead of what you think I should like for free, via the radio. I'll keep "sampling", but this time I'll keep what I download, and purchase no more. It's your call.

My First Time... (3, Insightful)

Retribution (35798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996431)

I think I lost my MP3 virginity to EMF - Unbelievable. Nothing special about it, just the first download that succeeded. The file was full of those skips and bleep-blip sounds that plagued the early days of MP3s. And yes, after some testing of different players for about an hour or two, I settled on Winamp. Still use Winamp now, though I'm also enjoying iTunes.

Now, so many years down the road, and surprisingly most of my music collection is legal. I think that's more a function of being employed as opposed to a poor college student, but it could be due to other factors as well.

Here's an interesting perspective for you, though... When you look at the technology we were using in 1997 (I got my first MP3 in September of '97, I think... maybe October), I for one had a 3G hard drive. It was huge, and I was so proud. Now, in 2004, my laptop has 10 times that, and my desktop 30 times that. Also, DVD+/-Rs are becoming more popular, and they have about 10x the space of an old CD-R (I'm talking 640megs). Furthermore, these days I'm typically wired to a 100baseT network instead of a 10baseT, not to mention I'm on DSL as opposed to dialup when I'm at home. What am I getting at? Today, if you wanted to share and store uncompressed 44kHz stereo wave files, at least relative to the technology available now they are SMALLER than MP3s were back then. I can fit more wave files on my computer now than I could fit mp3s then, and I can download waves faster now than I could download mp3s then... It's all about perspective.

Tell me that's not amusing, I dare ya. :)

Re:My First Time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7997182)

Or ... you could just use FLAC or Shorten and still get lossless copies, but without as large of a file size. Then the seemingly offseting size bit favors current technology even more.

back in 1993... (4, Interesting)

dario_moreno (263767) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996444)

I remember someone in the Sun workstation room of my school playing a crappy version of the Star Wars theme ; we were all wondering where the fun was in that (since we all had that famous and when he said that the file was only a few ko (we had a 2Mo quota then) thanks to a new system he had found on xarchie...yes, mp3 !

Then no mp3s until 1997 when I found a webpage on Dalida with a few songs (at 192 Kbps with excellent encoding !). I still have them since I have the originals.

Audiogalaxy (3, Insightful)

Sklivvz (167003) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996453)

I can't remember which MP3 I downloaded first, but I do remember having a great time with Audiogalaxy [] . It was the best MP3 download system ever, since it let me queue up MP3s (many legal ones too!) via a Web interface, and the application would fetch this list and get it for me. In simple words, choose at home and have it done in the morning at work. At those times I only had V90 at home, but Fiber at work... :-)

My band [] is an official contributor to Audiogalaxy, you can still get 3 songs for free [] ! Sorry for the shameless plug (do I smell karma burning? =)

Re:Audiogalaxy (3, Insightful)

funkhauser (537592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997527)

Yes! Audiogalaxy was great. To this day, I haven't downloaded as many MP3s as I did with Audiogalaxy. I'd queue up songs in the computer lab at my high school and they'd be done by the time I got home. It has truly been lean times since the days of Audiogalaxy.

I think it's strange... (2, Funny)

Anaxagor (211917) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996466)

...that you'd admit to downloading a Cher MP3.

looking at the timestamps... (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996472)

... it was probably one of these three:
Doug Anthony AllStars - I want to spill the blood of a hippy.
Pink Floyd - Wish you were here
Jeff Buckly - Hallelujah

Confess to the RIAA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996474)

They like to hear these sort of stories.

Don't let the RIAA be your first kiss though - they use a whole lot of tongue and have bad breath.

Wu Tang Forever (1)

Jukashi (240273) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996484)

Bring Da Ruckus - Wu tang clan
Off a AOL "private room" via a blasing 28.8.

Those were the days, white 14yr old on the families first pc blasting "Bring da motherfuckin ruckus" in the living room.

Never downloaded any! (1)

prufrax (521403) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996527)

Personally, I have never downloaded a MP3. This may have something to do with the lack of soundcards in my machines at home.
On the other hand, I have written code for a MP3 player at work, as a demo for a test chip.

Re:Never downloaded any! (1)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997431)

Your PCs have no sound card? Nowadays all computers have a soundcard, my wristwatch has a soundcard and even my milk cartons have a soundcard.

My Very First MP3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996555)

Ah yes, I indeed remember my first MP3 ever.

It was Dune - Million Miles From Home, 112kbps, propably encoded with Fraunhofer's L3ENC. I spent around an hour to download that with a 28.8kbps modem, from a friend with Bimodem, Telemate or Telix. Back then there was no Windows 95 available, so the Fraunhofer's MP3 player just barely decoded it on my 486DX4/100MHz in Windows 3.11 on a Gravis Ultrasound card.

Oh the days.. Even nostalgy today is not what it used to be..

Around 1996 (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996557)

IUMA... the clip I remember (was one of the first three or so) was "A Halo Named Fred" and their song "Hat". This was at the corporate offices (read: hole in the wall) of Florida Internet, just *before* they opened. Later they got pretty big and were absorbed into the Verio. I think it was 1996 or so. If anybody remembers the date Flinet got started, that would be it.

It's still a great song, reminiscent of early Violent Femmes.

Of couse, I had been making MODs and tracking various stuff long before then, and even had some screechy 1 bit audio for my Apple ][+ that dated back a decade before "Hat". Hearing a case-rattling Peter Gunn or Star Trek theme (original, as that was all there was!) was cool. The best sound of that era (although it was in a game) had to be the Star Dance theme... nothing beats a high decible (you can't change the volume, and the entire case is a sounding board) scratchy 1-bit yet polyphonic rendition of the Dr. Who theme.


Rammstein - Du Hast (1)

TheDarkRogue (245521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996582)

I Worked at a nature camp the summer before I first entered college, Lived in tents with power, was interesting, but before I Went there I didn't really listen to music much. Someone though had a tape from Family Values tour, which we watched alot for lack of much else to do there in our spare time. When I got back I found that my folks bought me a little Compaq Presario with a 333 Cyrix I belive it was, and 3 years of AOHell. Went online, reconnected to Dal.Net for the first time in months, joined #CableMP3s or something like that, downloaded Rammstein Duhast for lack of being able to think of anything better.

Tool - Aenema (1)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996585)

I used ftp at my college and transferred it to my home PC using floppies :) I bought the CD next week as I had been a Tool fan since Undertow, so I *had* to get the new album as soon as it was available, regardless of the medium.

I was using Fraunhofer's player at the time as it was the fastest and didn't skip with my 133 Pentium.

OT: Doom 3 release date on Tool website (1)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996608)

Very off-topic but after my last post I surfed to [] and noticed the following:
"SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE... Doom 3 game (PC) (1 original song) Mar 01, 2004"

I'm only a high schooler, so... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996591)

honestly, not trying to get +5 Funny here, but

"My name is Lihnus Torvalds, and I pronounce Linux Lihnuhks"

teen spirit (1)

3dLuke (725468) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996592)

the first song i ever dl'ed.....nirvana smells like teen spirit, still my fazv song of all time

I don't remember (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996612)

The reason that I don't remember is that I couldn't listen to it. This was very early on in '96 or '97, and there still weren't any mp3 decoders for the Mac at the time. Thus, into the trash went the file (which surely would've come down via Hotline). Not too much later there were non-realtime decoders that could be used to convert mp3s into something easier to handle, like mp2. And eventually real mp3 players began to show up, and these files that were rapidly becoming popular finally became useful.

At least storage wasn't a problem back then, as I had probably a 2GB hard disk at the time. (Just moved my music from an 80GB drive to a 120GB drive, but then I'm mostly ripping to lossless codecs now)

pink floyd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7996613)

The earliest I can recall was about 3gb worth of Pink Floyd stuff off of a private FTP site where everyone traded warez and full album MP3s back in 1996/1997. It was far superior to Napster and the various incarnations of p2p systems where you can't trust that the file you think you're downloading is really the one it says it is, that it's squality, that it will complete without dying, etc.

Miss those days.

Cruise Control (1)

Zugok (17194) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996661)

Eskimos in Eygpt Mix by Headless Chickens. The CD was so hard to find and the single was long gone, so I asked my sister how to download from Audio Galaxy. This was back early 2002. The following month, The Headless Chickens released what they call their "ChickensHits" with that particular track.

Grils Just Wanna Have Fun (1)

rjw57 (532004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996688)

My first was 'Girld Just Wanna Have Fun' by Cyndi Lauper, again back in '98. It was my first year at Uni, large amounts of bandwidth and, back then at least, loads of FTP sites with MP3s -- I still have a gFTP setup with a mp3:mp3 user from those days.

Disclaimer: I have never downloaded music and anyone that says so is lying!

First MP3 I ever downloaded (2, Interesting)

zelphior (668354) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996696)

Wasn't even music. I was trying to find Abbot & Costello's Who's on First routine. I was into collecting MIDI and WAV files at the time, and saw something about a new WAV compression format called MP3. The article had a sample of a 300 second audio file which was only 600kb, drastically better than any wav file I had at the time. The quality was pretty good too, so from that moment on, I was hooked.

Sometime after that, I heard of a program called Napster that let you download mp3's of songs, and the rest is history.

Ah, those were the days.. (0)

Jediman1138 (680354) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996733)

...back when I was 10 or 11..:D..

I remember reading about this snazzy new app that let me get "any song I wanted"..I HAD to have this wonder-software!..Immediately Napster was on my P1-200 with 32MB of RAM..I think the first song I downloaded was by Kidrock: Cowboy...I think it was...don't ask, I was 10 or 11 and very impressionable by my high school friends..:P

I remember asking my friends at my elementary scool if they knew what it was and it turns out I was the first 5th grader in town to get any song for free! heh.. (small rural town, mind you)

Illegal? Sure. Immoral? Iffy. Fun? Definatly :D

Wel, hey, that's my submission..

mp3? Tsk... tsk... What about mp1 or mp2? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996787)

What was the first mp1 or mp2 you downloaded? :-)

I think mine was the X-files Theme (the extended version). Actually I don't think I had another mp2. I only remember it sounded pretty bad, and was pretty large, but I could play it on my 486 without too much stuttering. They didn't require as much CPU power to decode as those godly mp3's, although the 486 still had problems keeping up in decoding it in real-time. :-) Multitasking with anything else was unthinkable.

Did mp1's exist too for a while? Maybe someone here even had some of those? :-)

Re:mp3? Tsk... tsk... What about mp1 or mp2? (0)

Jediman1138 (680354) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996818)

MPEG and MPG is mp1.

Re:mp3? Tsk... tsk... What about mp1 or mp2? (3, Informative)

iantri (687643) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997422)

Well, MP3 is MPEG-1 Layer III audio..

MPEG (as in the video file standard) and VideoCDs use MPEG-1 Layer I audio, SVCD uses MPEG-1 Layer II Audio, and MPEG-2 files or DVD uses MPEG-1 Layer III Audio.

So they were in common use.. Just the audio stream was not common though.

You wont believe... (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996791)

Peaches - The Presidents of the United States...

July 1998

Don't deny it ... you are a nerd!! (2, Funny)

Elivs (43960) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996814)

...I remember it so clearly. I mean, it's not like it was a first kiss or anything...

Don't deny it, like everyone else here you are a nerd. Of course downloading your first mp3 on p2p was as important as your first kiss. Back in Dec 1999 when "Believe" came out only us cool people even new what p2p and mp3 were. Being able to "listen to mp3s we had leached from p2p on our RH5.1 boxen running the experimental gnome-0.3 that came on the cd-iso" was what set us ahead of the rest that christmas.

On another alarming note I vaguely remember that "Believe" might of been my first mp3 I downloaded. (should I post this anonymously?)


Not particularly memorable... (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996817)

It was probably something by Electrostatic off of My MP3 collection comes from my CD collection and, plus a few other scattered sources (a bunch of new stuff from 8bitpeoples [] for example - The AxelF collection is superb.).

Of course, I was downloading MODs well before then. Can't imagine what the first one was. Something starting with a number probably since I'm guessing I found an FTP archive and typed mget *.

1994 (1)

Kidbro (80868) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996823)

I'm quite sure it was 1994, but it could have been 93 or 95 too (my most active BBS days)

It was definately not something that was pirated off a CD. Rather, the sysop of one of the local Amiga BBSs introduced a number of mp3s as an alternative to the .mod format which was dominating the Amiga music scene. This essentially means they contained music someone had produced on his Amiga and distributed in much the same way demos were distributed - primarily to show off that they were cool :)

LAN downloads (1)

citadelgrad (612423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996848)

I downloaded my first mp3s over a college LAN. If I remember correctly, I download three albums from a friends machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, and Pink Floyd. We would rip CDs we owned and share them across the network. Aaah , 1998!

Children by Robert Miles... (1)

Geraden (15689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996881)

I was at college, and happened upon a thread discussing MP3s, where to get them, etc.

That song was the first one we could get to.

Europe - Carrie (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996882)

I downloaded it to try out mp3s (I was really looking for "Piano In The Dark" by Brenda Russell and Joe Esposito, but I couldn't find it).

That's when I discovered that my 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro 2 card was really only 8-bit sound, because I noticed that my laptop (which had a true 16-bit card) sounded FAR better than my desktop machine. I hadn't used my desktop's sound card for anything of value before, so I never noticed how bad it sounded.

(This was 1999. Being in college and grad school, I didn't have a lot of money to spend on upgrading my computer - at that point, I had a K6-2 333 machine that my brother gave me. The laptop is a Pentium 133.)


I remember... (1)

BigJimSlade (139096) | more than 10 years ago | (#7996980)

1996 or 1997, it was "Ready to Go" by Republica... and yes, I had the CD already, thank you very much. By summer I had an entire CD-R of MP3s. Can you believe it? (aside: that CD-R cost me $5 in a lot of 25... ouch)

It was funny because my suitemate showed it to me and I thought "This is cool, but why would anybody want to do this for CDs that they own already?", what with my brand new 2 gig Maxtor drive (on sale for the low low price of $299), I couldn't really imagine storing much music.

Several hundred gigs of storage later (at $1 a gig), I can see reasons for it now.

Well... (1)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997013)

1. Submit to Slashdot
2. Subpoena IP addresses
3. File lawsuits
4. ????
5. Profit!

The beatles (1)

Loosewire (628916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997014)

The beatles - she loves you
downloaded from a website. The file was called 04,mp3 and loopedhalfway through, wow that was a long time ago, i still have that file on my harddisk having transcended about 6 harddisks happy days :-)

Hell March from Red Alert (1)

m0RpHeus (122706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997024)

Years ago (1995-1997) when internet access was still expensive in my country, I did not really download MP3s because it takes a long time to download MP3s. But I think the 1st one I downloaded was Hell March from Red Alert (the RTS). Hell March was the theme song for Red Alert back then. Defintely not my first MP3. My first MP3 was ripped from a CD a borrowed but couldn't afford a CD burner those days so I ripped it. Man, it took a whole day to encode a CD on a 486! ;)

James_taylor fire_and_rain (0)

bluntos (549494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997041)

From a quick sort on date, it seems to be... James_taylor fire_and_rain. Using crapster. Which is strange because I do not recall this. Aha, it was 2:23am that may be why.

Metllica's entire collection (2, Funny)

gregRowe (173838) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997079)

I had never heard of mp3s until Lars Ulrich from Metallica made me aware that I could download their studio albums for free.

(I'm kidding of course)

well it was (1)

boogy nightmare (207669) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997089)

Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails to prove to my girlfriend everything existed on the net, tried out this new fanglked thing called napster and got it as it was an unavailable song at the time.

Aqua - Barbie Girl (1)

aphex2000 (521986) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997101)

And regretted it ever since :) This song was in my head for the whole summer - frightening!

Hmmmmmmmmm.... (1)

blankmange (571591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997104)

"Low Rider" by War.. the good old days...

... way back on my first little peecee (1)

innerlimit (593217) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997117)

I downloaded 'Son a Preacher' the song form Pulp Fiction.

Okay so it wasn't a 286, it was a P120 with 4megs.
Did it through a lazy 28k dial-up too...

Sent from my non-geek g/f (1)

webscathe (448715) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997131)

Ironically my first mp3 was sent to me from my very non-geek g/f from college about 6 years ago, it was a band called Church of Rythm, the song was Not Perfect. I ran it in Sonique on a compaq P60 I got off ebay at the time for $50. My sister now uses the compaq (poor thing) and I still use Sonique.

Discoteque (1)

lfarenw (603409) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997135)

A friend of mine, being a huge U2 fan, found a link to a pre-release, radio-recorded version of Discoteque. I'd never heard of MP3 and at a file-size of 4MB I figured it just must be a clip or something. Most of my music listening at that point (this was early 97 or late 96 I guess) were MODs or derivatives from the demo music scene. Can't even remember what I used to listen to it! Maybe an early version of WinAmp? It was all downhill from there.

Best. Plastic. Ever. (1)

Glog (303500) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997226)

Cher ... "Believe" ... first kiss - sounds like a crush to me.

Can't remember first MP3 (1)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997227)

I can't remember my first MP3. I was first year uni (1996) and read an article in a news paper about it. I download an antiquated version of WinAmp and Fraunhofer's l3enc. The number of times I downloaded MP3s at Melbourne University, and "pkzip -& -ex" onto multiple floppy disks... ;-)

I found that there were no programs that automated CD-ripping->mp3 - so I compiled the first program ever to do this automatically. It was called CD2MP3, and it wasn't GUI.

I spent hundreds of hours on the bulletin boards at (later In the time since, I have spent far more time on Slashdot though.

Oh, my miss spent youth... where has my free time gone?

I don't remember my first mp3... (1)

iCEBaLM (34905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997234)

But I DO remember my first mp2, yes, that's right. The standard before mp3 was indeed mp2 and while it didn't have such as high a compression ratio it was still impressive and I was blown away. Of course the only player that played mp2's at the time was Xing's MPEG Player.

The mp2 was: I Mother Earth-One More Astronaut.

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here...IIRC (1)

vertical_98 (463483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997298)

Found a site that gave an address with the mp3/mp3 username and password. Using my brand-new Super Hi-speed USR 28.8k I got the album via FTP LE and played it with Winamp. All on a second-hand Gateway P-90 running Windows 95a. Played great until I tried to play it and run Tomb Raider 2 at the same time.


Abba: Dancing Queen (1)

esme (17526) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997302)

the first time I heard about mp3 was from a coworker in 1996 who was always going on about random new tech -- like firewire and this new tech to compress CDs to 1/10th the size.

the first file i downloaded was abba's dancing queen. i've lost my mp3 collection twice since then, and i've redownloaded it both times just for nostaligia's sake. i had heard some people complaining about the quality, but i thought it was very good (and still do...).

i've gone through a couple different players (and OSes) since then. i never liked winamp, so i started with apollo (freeware windows mp3 player whose license only requires you to not be a bigot or homophobe). i switched to linux fulltime around then and used xmms and alsaplayer for a while. now i'm on to macosx and itunes.

but i've still got dancing queen...


MP3? (1)

KD5UZZ (726534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997309)

The first compressed MPEG audio file I ever created/downloaded was an MP2. Yeah, thats right, .MP2 I got the compression software from ZIP, it was designed to put CDs on ZIP disks. I don't think I ever used it for that. Some time later MP3 was born. I remember the days of downloading MP3s from websites, and IRC. Those were the days. I remember when I first got my cable connection, I was having fun with my 100K/sec uploads to others on IRC. I don't think MMCable liked my 1/gig up and 1/gig down each day...

first MP3 (1)

EddWo (180780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997326)

Mariah Carey - Always Be My Baby
Played with YAMP on a P200 MMX Win95 in December 1998.
Up till then I only had Midis and Mods and a few Wavs recorded off the radio at 8bit 22khz.

Jello Biafra... (1)

f64 (590009) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997352)

it's probably not the fist one i downloaded, but 'tis the first i remember. i was using hotline to download software, eh, shareware & freeware software, and found some jello biafra spoken word files on a server. oh joy!

just like with any entry-level drug, i have since moved on to chomsky, zinn, parenti & malcom x, but jello still resides in a secret chamber of my heart.

on a side note, i've moved from using to pushing, and run a dedicated anarchist kdx server [tiny socialist server], so that others might follow the path of rightiousness and good clean fun that is anarchy. who said mp3's aren't good for society?

f64 : dishing out justice with two fists!

First MP3 (1)

Wescotte (732385) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997362)

It was Long Way Down by the Goo Goo Dolls.. It was 95/96ish.. Saw somebody talking about it in a channel on irc (don't recall the channel but it was efnet) and they dcced me the song.. This was pre napster/winamp days so we used wplayer3 or something like that.. It was pretty crappy but hey it beat .mods

It was legal whatever it was... (1)

bluGill (862) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997368)

I don't recall what it was. I do recall however skipping several songs I wanted because I could not be sure it was legal. Eventially I found demos from the artist's web page, and I downloaded those.

I prefer music from small artists, and I try to support them whenever I can. I suspect several of my CDs had a production run of under 10000, and I know for a fact that some it was much less. They aren't making much money, but I like to encourage them to make more real music and money always helps.

my frist dloaded mp3? mmm (0)

cabazorro (601004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997386)

cd /music ls -laht | tail 3.7M Dec 1 1999 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls.mp3 5.0M Dec 1 1999 Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.mp3 boy that was lame!

Dune - Hand in Hand (1)

Xystance (660413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997395)

Wow... I have all of you beat. :)

"Lets go hand in hand, into lovely land, side by side,..." something about stuff so bright...

Ya, by today's standards, horrible horrible rip. I still have it burned on CD from ... 1997 I believe.

German pop at its worst!

If I recall correctly (1)

jht (5006) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997434)

The first MP3 I downloaded was "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. Until then, I really didn't put much music on my computers at all. I was an early SoundJam buyer before Apple bought the product and turned it into iTunes, though.

Nowadays, I have about 2500 tunes on my main Mac in the house that I sync to an iPod. I've probably downloaded no more than a dozen or so from P2P services, tops. Most of them are ripped from my old CD's, and I've probably bought about 4-5 singles and 5+ albums from iTMS since it opened.

Then thing for me isn't so much how much I've downloaded as it is how quickly I took my music habits digital once I started the process. It's been literally a couple of years since I used my ancient stereo - I've used my DVD player's MP3 playback capability a few times, and other than that all the music in the house is either on my iPod or streamed off one of the computers.

All the actual CD's in the house are stashed away in a drawer down in the basement, because they've all just become bits.

Tom Waits - All Stripped Down (1)

mceister (216015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997546)

I grabbed Tom Waits 'All Stripped Down' from a newsgroup out of curiosity and it was a few months later until I got around to looking at what this strange 'mp3' file was. Turned out to be two surprises at once. Tom Waits became one of my favorite artist and mp3 quickly became my favorite format to archive and listen to my music collection. That had to be '98 I think.

Fruheads unite (1)

jagger (23047) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997550)

Spiderman by Moxy Fruvous followed shortly by King of Spain.

My poor speakers. (1)

3r33tguy (465950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997556)

The first mp3 I ever grabbed was a THX trailer back in 96. It had grandpa simpson in the background yelling "turn it up!". I was instantly hooked.

Green Day - Walking Contradiction (1)

whodunnit (238223) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997559)

Yep, my first mp3 was a crappy recording off of KRock encoded to mp3.

Thomas Dolby - Video Killed the Radio Star (1)

neilsly (106751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997584)

Thomas Dolby - Video Killed the Radio Star, in late 97. Interesting that it was the first video ever played on mtv.

Stairway to Heaven... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7997585)

...encoded at 32kbps.
To this day though, its the longest playing-time music file I have.
I forget the exact age, but I know it was 1993 or earlier.

Nick Cave (1)

Dr. Smeegee (41653) | more than 10 years ago | (#7997589)

"The Mercy Seat" I was so happy.

Mine was (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7997599)

NAS if I rule the world. But, the oldest mp3 I have is from 1996!!! it's a Dave mathews band song.
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