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(BBC)   Sony MiniDisc production to stop in March. In other news, did you realize it's February already?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 22
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2013-02-02 04:09:06 AM
They were still making these? Really? I remember wanting one very badly. Then CD-Rs were invented.
 
2013-02-02 05:15:05 AM
Feb, yay. One month closer to Easter, and then choccy EGGS ! I love Jesus for this idea.
 
2013-02-02 06:59:19 AM
Hahaha. I have a really old minidisc Walkman that still works. Plan to give it to my kids someday as a novelty...
 
2013-02-02 07:29:34 AM
IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY!!!!
 
2013-02-02 07:50:03 AM
Minidisc factory? Yeah, it's just down the street from the cassette tape factory.
 
2013-02-02 07:54:50 AM

MidnightSkulker: Hahaha. I have a really old minidisc Walkman that still works. Plan to give it to my kids someday as a novelty...


Hell, it seems like every busker in the Métro here has a Minidisc Walkman hooked up to a portable PA system  on a cart to play the accompaniment while they torture an accordion for the tourists' pocket change.  I think the gypsy beggar musicians of Paris were single-handedly keeping them in production.
 
2013-02-02 08:05:27 AM
It was OK popular in Europe. Certaintly people understood that it was better than carrying a discman around.

I went straight from radio to mp3 in 1998 though.
 
2013-02-02 08:18:23 AM
I still have my mini-disc player and a couple md's in my desk drawer. Back when mp3 players had crappy capacities (ie 32 mb) they made an attractive option - I could carry the equivalent of 12 cds in my pants pockets without noticing them. Once the ipod mini's launched they were pretty much toast though.

Also, RTFA -  The decision to halt production of MD-based hi-fi systems effectively marks its exits from the sector, although it will continue to make the cartridges.
 
2013-02-02 08:50:29 AM
Minidic? Hey, I'm just as God made me.
 
2013-02-02 09:10:27 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY!!!!

 
2013-02-02 09:19:40 AM
A friend of mine had one.  He loved it.  Still says it was a great music player for his low rider.
 
2013-02-02 09:37:40 AM
I had one a number of years ago. I liked it, I thought it was cool. But the lack of ability to use it as a data drive is why I switched to flash drives and MP3s, and never looked back.

For some reason I've always liked things with cartridges, such as using a ZIP drive for backups. But capacity always wins in the end.
 
2013-02-02 10:57:43 AM
I had one in the 90's (deck connected to my computer and stereo and a handheld with a microphone) the handheld was great for bootlegging concerts and just for riding my bike or jogging as it didn't skip! needless to say a couple of years later portable mp3 players began to hit the market and minidisc soon became obsolete. I had no idea they were still making these things. epic fail, sony.
 
2013-02-02 11:01:49 AM
They were never much of a commercial success in the US as a music player. But as a digital audio recorder that fits in the palm of your hand, they were hugely popular with radio news reporters. I used to A friend used to make concert bootlegs with them, too. But then came digital mp3 recorders with built-in flash drives and that was the end of that.

/I still have a commercially-released Ben Folds Five album on minidisc somewhere around here
 
2013-02-02 11:05:15 AM
The minidisc would have been a lot bigger if Sony hadn't used a proprietary audio format.
 
2013-02-02 11:13:39 AM

havana_joe: I had one a number of years ago. I liked it, I thought it was cool. But the lack of ability to use it as a data drive is why I switched to flash drives and MP3s, and never looked back.

For some reason I've always liked things with cartridges, such as using a ZIP drive for backups. But capacity always wins in the end.


The MD could of been much longer lived but Sony crippled it and that kept it in the niche market.
First was that it used ATRAC encoding and you had to use Sony's crappy software to transfer music from your PC to the player.

Then came Hi-MD that was too little too late. It allowed you to use the player as a disk drive, could play mp3's and had a 1GB capacity per disk. If that had come out when the iPod was still Mac only then it could have sold a lot of units but it came out at the same time as the 4th gen iPod that was windows compatible.

For the same price as a decent Hi-MD player and 20 discs you could get a iPod. No contest.
 
2013-02-02 12:40:14 PM

Norfolking Chance: havana_joe: I had one a number of years ago. I liked it, I thought it was cool. But the lack of ability to use it as a data drive is why I switched to flash drives and MP3s, and never looked back.

For some reason I've always liked things with cartridges, such as using a ZIP drive for backups. But capacity always wins in the end.

The MD could of been much longer lived but Sony crippled it and that kept it in the niche market.
First was that it used ATRAC encoding and you had to use Sony's crappy software to transfer music from your PC to the player.

Then came Hi-MD that was too little too late. It allowed you to use the player as a disk drive, could play mp3's and had a 1GB capacity per disk. If that had come out when the iPod was still Mac only then it could have sold a lot of units but it came out at the same time as the 4th gen iPod that was windows compatible.

For the same price as a decent Hi-MD player and 20 discs you could get a iPod. No contest.


Great post, totally agree with your points!
 
2013-02-02 02:04:16 PM

schief2: I used to A friend used to make concert bootlegs with them, too. But then came digital mp3 recorders with built-in flash drives and that was the end of tha


Was his name Al Dunbar?

If that's obscure, you really need to watch this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=e3Lb7Y4_zYk# t =205s

The Doobie Brothers frown on your shenanigans - and Rerun feels really bad and is afraid he'll go to jail.
 
2013-02-02 02:35:35 PM

Norfolking Chance: First was that it used ATRAC encoding


According to the Wikis, the ATRAC codec was designed to use less processing power to decode versus other lossy audio formats like MP2 and MP3.  So it saved some juice from your battery.

In retrospect, it would have been nice to have something like ATRAC back around '89 or '90 when PCs were still mostly under 20MHz.  You couldn't do real-time decoding of MP3s on most computers back then, which slowed file sharing adoption of lossy codecs since you had to convert them to a PCM format like WAV, VOC, 8SVX or AIFF.
 
2013-02-02 02:36:25 PM
More signs that I think Kaz is still cleaning house over there.
 
2013-02-02 07:34:14 PM

schief2: They were never much of a commercial success in the US as a music player. But as a digital audio recorder that fits in the palm of your hand, they were hugely popular with radio news reporters. I used to A friend used to make concert bootlegs with them, too. But then came digital mp3 recorders with built-in flash drives and that was the end of that.

/I still have a commercially-released Ben Folds Five album on minidisc somewhere around here


There are many reporters I know who held onto their minidisc players until only a couple of years ago, even after things
like the Marantz solid-state recorders were in wide use.

They were never very good at recording music, though, because the algorithms they uses for encoding were very
lossy.  They worked well for spoken word, though, which is why reporters loved them.
 
2013-02-03 02:58:51 AM
The RIAA are mostly to blame for its failure in the US. "OMG people can copy music on this, kill it with fire!".

They were and still are very popular in Japan.
 
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