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And that’s all she wrote.

I know @PodsDank@twitter.com has one or two HipZips in his collection of nuggets, so maybe at some point he’ll show that off (but please don’t 1-grit it)

Guess what, fuckers? It's time for more Clik! content

So last night I went digging to see if any information was available online about the operating system that the HipZip used - Dadio, based on RedHat's eCos kernel - because I was morbidly curious if any firmware updates were ever released for it.

Sadly, my search predictably turned up bupkis. Except for the original press release from RedHat: redhat.com/en/about/press-rele

Pretty standard, except.. it mentions a second product that would use Dadio; the I-Jam WinJam. The heck is that?

Okay, so I've never heard of this one, better look it up. A quick search pointed me to a Microsoft press release (press releases as primary sources of information will become a theme from this point onward) about it: news.microsoft.com/2000/05/02/

Look at this goofy thing. Absolutely ridiculous. There's no possible way it could look any more "year 2000".

So we're getting off on what seems like a tangent, but I promise it comes full circle. This goofy thing is from "I-Jam Multimedia LLC", who is exclusively described in press releases as a "pioneer" in the media player space.

The press release states that it offers a "complete management system for digital audio" including, uh, the current track number and elapsed time, dual MMC slots, back-worn earphones (an I-Jam staple), and functions such as electronic volume control and a low battery warning(!)

I've literally never seen this device in my life, which seems weird, because you'd think -someone- would've talked about an oddball-design device like this that only supported WMA and had a RedHat kernel. Let's dig through the website to see if it ever launched

As always, bless the internet archive. Their website seems to mostly want you to buy music, but they do have links out to WMP7 and the WinJam, as well as I-Jam's other products

This uh, website, mostly consists of the most incredible website designs of the late 90s and early 00s, and the largest collection of press releases I've seen in a while.

So it links to win-jam dot com, a website that displays intro.swf

Sadly the flash "website" doesn't work, because it links out to other flash files, which (because they were only linked to from within this flash file) the internet archive didn't manage to preserve.

Alright, their web presence is astonishing, but let's get back to the Win-Jam. There was a preorder page (weird to think about online device preorders in 2000..) with a lot of marketing gumf, but sadly the preorder button no longer works - someone should email the webmaster. :(

The preorder page is interesting though; I went through all the copies that IA saved, hoping for more information about its release, given that it was supposed to have shipped in June of 2000. In September, it was delayed to August, and the press text was replaced with a rad GIF

Still open for pre-orders, pre-order button still won't let me buy one in the year 2021. :(
Let's move on to the next snapshot IA has, from October. It's been delayed again, now they don't know when it'll release! But it must be hotly anticipated, they've closed pre-orders!

Travelling forward in time reveals that the pre-order page does not change further until December of 2002, when it simply disappears entirely. Did it finally launch?

Well, probably not. Looking at the other pages the IA archived since, though, we can eventually find that it had a model number: WJ-88! Or IJ-88? Who knows. Here's the site: web.archive.org/web/2002061411
What an interesting design choice.

There is one other thing though; it seems the Win-Jam website was quickly re-designed from the bizarre former flash version to this stunning example of what companies were doing with the internet in the year 2000. Brought to you by Jaci Velasquez!

Apparently, Jaci Velasquez gave away a Win-Jam player at each concert in autumn of 2000. Jaci is, apparently, quoted as saying it's "the best Windows Media File player out there".

Next is what I guess was the new products website I-Jam had, continuing the theme of incredible design

You might notice the Win-Jam is absent from it, but if you've seen the rest of this thread, you'll have immediately noticed something suspicious

The I-Jam IJ-360, which seems to have been an attempt to rebadge the Iomega HipZip. Completely identical, other than the bottom-right corner where the logo's been changed to I-Jam.

It came with MusicMatch Jukebox, Windows Media Player 7 -and- IomegaWare!
Still not convinced this was ever actually released.

So this is interesting, but there's still more. Press releases, and one single link across I-Jam's entire set of websites, suggest the existence of something unimaginable. Something completely out of left field, to the point of absurdity.

I-Jam wanted to make Clik! discs (PocketZip by this time, but it will always be Clik! to me) equivalent to CDs and cassettes.

From what I've been able to determine via this one single incredible, mind-bending single-frame GIF file, along with their archive of press releases, I-Jam were in talks with TVT Records, World Records, EMI Music, Random House and Media Bay to retail WMA audio content on Clik!.

You can't just drop a bombshell on me like that. What the fuck.

That's still not quite everything, though. These weirdos put out more press releases (and that's literally all I've been able to find about most of this), including this one web.archive.org/web/2001060702 which announces a 100MB Clik! disk and "audiophile quality" audio at 192kbps WMA.

They were very excited to talk to Christina Aguilera about portable media players.

We're still not quite done.
Remember the Win-Jam from some tweets ago? And how it didn't seem to ever actually materialise?

They planned a second Win-Jam using Clik! discs. web.archive.org/web/2000101808

I'm pretty sure this is what eventually became the IJ-360, which itself I'm pretty sure never materialised, and which was a clone of the HipZip player.

This press release does, however, have some more interesting pieces of information: Other players in the Clik! media player space. Somehow I'd completely forgotten the -other- portable Clik! music player, the Sensory Science rave:mp 2300

It also names Addonics Tech, Varo Vision Co., OptoMedia Corp, LG, Rexon Tech, RFC and Frontier Labs as companies working on Clik! hardware.

Of course, @Foone@twitter.com has a rave:mp 2300, which looks to be running completely different software from the HipZip. twitter.com/Foone/status/96395

I tried to dig further, but I literally cannot find any other indications that
- I-Jam actually released any products other than the IJ-50 and IJ-100 MP3 players
- Any company other than Iomega itself and Sensory Science ever released a PMP that used Clik! discs.

As has been documented by @Foone@twitter.com in previous threads already, though, there were other Clik!-based products, including one single digital camera.
Did I say including? The camera was, to my knowledge, the only other product released to use the format. We hardly knew ye.

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One day I'll have working examples of every Iomega Clik!-based product, and then I'll be unstoppable.

Except when confronted with files larger than ~38MB.

a huge thank you @gravislizard@twitter.com for mentioning HipZip exactly once in their latest video, immediately provoking me to be back on my iomegaposting bullshit

@maffsie this thread was WILD, thank you so much for this

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