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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I always thought that Sony should have mass produced (or at least licensed) a PC drive that could act as a replacement for the dying floppy disk. We had various rather poor attempts at higher capacity removable media (e.g. Iomega's bleeding awful Zip drives and the equally bad SyQuest efforts) instead.

MiniDisc definitely had a window of several years to establish itself as a rewritable, random access removable media, but they never bothered to enter the PC drive market (maybe scared it would take only days to someone to release a bit-perfect Minidisc copying program?).

It wasn't until external USB drives and sticks became popular that the window of opportunity closed. I think the MiniDisc was a good format for its time, let down by Sony's narrow licensing (including a pointless new compression format for audio) and their lack of vision to expand the market beyond audio recording/playback.

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