Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV "Sony has announced it is to deliver its last MiniDisc stereo next month. It marks an end to the firm's support for the system which it launched in 1992. The format only ever had limited success outside of Japan and was ultimately doomed by the rise of recordable CDs and MP3 players." My format of choice for personal audio up until a few years ago, when the rest of the world had already long moved on to MP3. Nothing beats the satisfying sound of closing a portable MiniDisc player/recorder with a disc in it.
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You're only half right
by darknexus on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:20 UTC
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The format only ever had limited success outside of Japan and was ultimately doomed by the rise of recordable CDs and MP3 players.

Actually, I'd say that being replaced by these devices was more a consequence of what killed the Minidisc than what actually killed it. As usual with Sony, what killed the format was their unwillingness to either license it reasonably or open it up for third party players. They wanted to be the only ones who produced it, and they were… but not in the way they had hoped. It's an all too common problem with Sony.
Having said that, I think the convenience of digital media would have ended up replacing MD in the end anyway. Still, Sony's stubbornness made this happen all that much more quickly.

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