Now, if you read my recent article on Sega's planned telecoms stuff (you can read it here if you missed it), you'll have seen the video I posted at the bottom. It's a 2015 upload from a YouTuber called FatalistDC and is a very rare glimpse at a promotional video for the Dreamcast MP3 player. The interesting thing here is that it depicts a unit far more advanced in development than the one shown in the image above, even showing a few details of the online service that would allow you to download music. Once again, here's the video in question:
So let's break it down. First off, the description says this video was showcased at Tokyo Game Show in 2000 and it clearly depicts a far more advanced version/prototype of the MP3 player than the one shown in the IGN image at the top of this article. Interestingly, the video also shows the similarly cancelled Sega Swatch communication device (the thing that looks like a satellite dish stuck to a controller), but how that ties in with the original plan for the music player is anyone's guess.
|The Sega Swatch in all its glory.|
|Pretty sure that says MC Hammer...|
Edit: I just wanted to clarify that I'm not suggesting this is a working MP3 playing device. The prototype is clearly a physical object and looks different to the one in the intro image, but I'm not saying it actually worked. Also: be cool, stay in school and don't do drugs.