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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No nostalgia for MD here...
by Dave_K on Mon 4th Feb 2013 16:42 UTC
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I used NetMD for a while, but switching to an MP3 player was an upgrade in almost every way: hardware size, capacity, file format support, user interface, convenience, reliability, etc.

Just being able to drag and drop files to my player, rather than recording in real time, or using Sony's utterly dire software, made a huge difference.

The hassle of actually getting music onto the player was made worse by the poor reliability of the fragile MD media. For me a minidisc's average life expectancy was at most a month or two of normal use. Dust would get inside and they'd start skipping, or the sliding cover would become warped and jam in the player. That happened even if I didn't drop the damn things trying to change the disc while on the move.

They were a dead end technology, especially for portable use. I'm glad to see the back of them.

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