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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My MD recorder
by darknexus on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:52 UTC
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I owned a Sony MZ-B100 MD recorder in 2004. It didn't have any sort of computer connection, and wasn't really designed to be used as a portable player as much as it was a recorder. Still, that thing was rugged. It lasted a good six years without showing a single fault (how many devices can you say that about these days?), had three recording level compressions as well as uncompressed, TOSlink input, and ran for 40 hours on a single AA battery. As inconvenient as MDs could sometimes be, I wish we still had a device that could run for that long on a common, replaceable, AA battery and were that durable.

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