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.
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
Next is what I guess was the new products website I-Jam had, continuing the theme of incredible design
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".
Look at this design. Incredible.
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!
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: http://web.archive.org/web/20020614115822/http://www.ijamworld.com/products/wj88/wj88.html
What an interesting design choice.
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?
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!
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
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. :(
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.
So it links to win-jam dot com, a website that displays intro.swf
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.
I'm in pain.
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
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
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(!)
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.
Look at this goofy thing. Absolutely ridiculous. There's no possible way it could look any more "year 2000".
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