Sony D-88 Discman

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Sure, compact disc players aren’t as popular as they were a decade ago, but it’s always nice to look back and see how far technology has come. Today, we’re showcasing the Sony D-88 – released in 1998 – the world’s smallest portable CD player – a 3″ disc fits completely inside. To play a standard 5″ CD, users had to flip back a blue bar into the lid for the disc to hang out on 2 sides before playing. There’s also a switch on the back to move its center drive wheel for switching between 3-5″ discs. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading to see two more hands-on videos.

“As you can see this player was designed to hold a CD single and normal size CDs come out of the corner. Last I saw one on the market was the US eBay and it went for about 50 USD,” according to Digiantique.