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Originally Posted by Duncan Geere, wired.co.uk 
Get out your calendars—Sony will be making its final MiniDisc stereo system in March, marking an end to the 20-year-old media format.

MiniDisc was launched in 1992, but never saw widespread success outside of Japan. Its rise in the West was stymied by the existing popularity of the CD and the growth of the MP3 format and its smaller, more battery-efficient portable players.

It was based around small, rewritable optical disks housed in a plastic shell with a storage capacity of 80 minutes. An attempted reboot in 2004 as Hi-MD failed miserably, and sales of portable MiniDisc players ended in 2011.

But the format did prove popular among sound engineers and journalists, who used MiniDisc players to record sounds, jingles and interviews before adequate solid-state storage options arrived.

The announcement was made alongside the release of a teaser video for a Playstation press conference, where it's widely expected that a new console will be announced.

Sony announces the end of the MiniDisc


Say goodbye to another obsolete technology. First floppies, now mini-discs, what do you want to bet CDRs will be next, obsoleted for DvDs or thumb drives.
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Good riddance. thumb.gif I had to use minidisc recorders for some of my audio recording classes, it was rather unpleasant. rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 36
Still use mine. great when travelling. Standard AA batteries are still more common than USB ports and take less time to swap than waiting for a complete recharge. The more expensive models fetch seriously high prices on Ebay for tech that old.
They still have a place in the world as recording devices: theres one hardcopy and it can be destroyed (sure it can be copied but for archiving reasons some people still prefer it that way.)
 
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I thought they died a long time ago , I invested heavily in minidisc , 2x walkmans , standalone recorder and hundreds of blanks.
I gave up on them. first I had problems with both walkmans (Different brands) , randomly deleting discs when I was editing the CDtext
Then they just stopped selling blanks.
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another Sony blunder

Mini Disc had the potential to be an amazing product but Sony kept it too locked down with their own proprietary format

If only the discs were open to accept any sort of data, and if players could play back that data (ie mp3 files) then Sony might have had a huge success on its hands as the Discs were very cheap compared to flash memory at the time (IIRC they would run about $1 a pop when ~128 MB flash cards were $40)

Of course now they don't stand a chance in terms of cost/capacity/convenience
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells View Post

another Sony blunder

Mini Disc had the potential to be an amazing product but Sony kept it too locked down with their own proprietary format

If only the discs were open to accept any sort of data, and if players could play back that data (ie mp3 files) then Sony might have had a huge success on its hands as the Discs were very cheap compared to flash memory at the time (IIRC they would run about $1 a pop when ~128 MB flash cards were $40)

Of course now they don't stand a chance in terms of cost/capacity/convenience

The proprietary software bundled with minidiscs was able to convert mp3 files to Atrac3. The earlier models didn't use any compressiona s far as I know, still far easier than to carry around than portable CD players and mp3 players. My guess is that the price killed it for most consumers, that and the release of the iPOD.
 
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post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells View Post

another Sony blunder

It was around for 20+ years, not a blunder at all. Please read before you post.
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I had a Sony Net MD Walkman MZ-N505 Type-R circa 2003...paid a lot of cash for it i still recall
thing had really good sound quality...at least much better than the iPods that started dominating soon after
it was heavy for its size I recall and doesn't ahve the convience of the then popular 128MB mp3 players from China.
     
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sony should have never promoted this over hard/ssd based players
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sony should have never promoted this over hard/ssd based players

Mini Discs are older than the modern mp3 player. Up until the iPod they were the best choice when it came to size and capacity.
 
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