Anyone remember the first semblance of an MP3-similar player? My first experience was (and I did not write it) a C64 program that allowed you to place a real music casette into the datasette player of the Commodore, press Play, and digitally record a 10 second sample. I was amazed listening to my lil junky computer loop ZZ Top's Slip Inside My Sleeping Bag... That was a true turning point for me, personally.
That, outside of 24+ hour daynights programming the SID with endless phonetics for it to correctly speak an entire sentence (almost) flawlessly. That quickly evolved into the IBM PC COVOX serial port loopback connected mumbo jumbo with some odd talking parrot (or was the parrot part of a MediaVision package?)... ugh.