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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PSP & my history with MD
by Chrispynutt on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:23 UTC
Chrispynutt
Member since:
2012-03-14

Don't worry you can still get that sounds from the PSP.

Unfortunately Sony's drivers are 32-bit only. So HI-MD and NetMD won't work on my recent build.

I can remember my stupidly long commute to my first career job and a shonky .com bubble company (2000). It was made bare-able thanks to mini disc. I still have the Denon bookshelf hifi, I used a JVC player with a gum stick battery (seriously why didn't these take off?). I would tote around 8 MDs in a case, plus a spare battery. However I would get over 24 hours out of a charge, so really it was the hours on the MDs that mattered.

I shifted to Sony NetMD around 2002 doubling the play time with LP2. Sonic Stage was awfully slow, but what do you expect if you cross iTunes with Flash. I clung onto MD, as I loved the different disc designs and swung on to HI-MD which doubled the size of my old discs 150mb to 300mb and allowed for 1GB HI-MDs.

I eventually got a cheap and cheerful 20GB MP3 player and the MDs stayed in a drawer.

Things I still wish we hadn't thrown out with the MD bath water:

- Good inline remotes with displays and intuitive controls. Especially like the Sony RM-MC10L. So handy in the Scottish climate, where exterior tactile controls keep you dry and warm.
- Gum stick batteries, electronics are usually rectangular, why do we use round or a random selection of non-standard batteries?
- Combined Lossy & Lossless files, no need to re-encode for lossy on the go, the application just copies the lossy part over.

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RE: PSP & my history with MD
by toast88 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 14:41 in reply to "PSP & my history with MD"
toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23

Don't worry you can still get that sounds from the PSP.


Well, yes, some PSP games actually use ATRAC3+ for audio encoding. That's why the PPSSPP developers are using the ATRAC3+ code which is due in ffmpeg soon (I know the guy who worked on it).

Unfortunately Sony's drivers are 32-bit only. So HI-MD and NetMD won't work on my recent build.


Or you could just resort to the free and open source MiniDisc implementation that we have created:

https://wiki.physik.fu-berlin.de/linux-minidisc

But there actually also 64-Bit NetMD drivers available:

http://archivisiondirectory.blogspot.de/2010/10/64-bit-driver-for-s...

But I'd still recommend using our software as it supports non-Windows systems as well. For playback, please resort to VLC/ffmpeg which currently support ATRAC-1 and ATRAC-3. ATRAC-3+ support (the ATRAC version used by HiMD devices) is currently work-in-progress and to be expected in summer 2013. The code is complete, it just needs to get merged.

I shifted to Sony NetMD around 2002 doubling the play time with LP2. Sonic Stage was awfully slow, but what do you expect if you cross iTunes with Flash.


I am pretty sure that SonicStage doesn't contain any Flash code. It does, however, contain a virtual machine which runs the whole OpenMG DRM stack which one of my friends reverse-engineered.

Cheers,

Adrian

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Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I thought Flash was used for the crazy interface, or was that shockwave.

Thanks for the info though. My mate had an internal MD drive he wanted to send me, he recovered it from a Vaio a number of years back.

Edited 2013-02-04 17:38 UTC

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