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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sony...
by smashIt on Mon 4th Feb 2013 13:53 UTC
smashIt
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2005-07-06

md, umd, ms, sacd, beta, bluray
is there any format sony didn't fail with?

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RE: sony...
by 0brad0 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 14:07 in reply to "sony..."
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

md, umd, ms, sacd, beta, bluray
is there any format sony didn't fail with?


Blu-ray isn't in the same category as the rest and is quite successful.

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RE[2]: sony...
by smashIt on Mon 4th Feb 2013 14:35 in reply to "RE: sony..."
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

and is quite successful.


yes, it's not as spectacular a failure as the other formats, but successful is something different

just to break down the numbers:
-BR is 7 years old, and for 5 years it's the only HD disc-format
-it has better image- and sound-quality than the dvd
-it's more expensive to produce (both content and manufacturing-wise)
-and even though they are sold at the same price-level as DVDs, they only account for 20-25% of all sales

that's a failure all around

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RE[2]: sony...
by WorknMan on Mon 4th Feb 2013 22:37 in reply to "RE: sony..."
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2005-11-13

Blu-ray isn't in the same category as the rest and is quite successful


It is only as successful as it is because a lot of us are reluctantly downgrading to blu-ray from DVD, as a result of movie studios only putting out special features and box sets for certain movies in the BR format.

Otherwise, I could live without the higher prices, DRM, mandatory firmware updates, unskippable previews, spotty auto-resume support, etc.

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RE: sony...
by zima on Mon 11th Feb 2013 23:55 in reply to "sony..."
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2005-07-06

Sony simply does a lot, so they obviously also have a rather large number of ~failures. And as for successes - you don't remember them since they become generic, hence naturally not associated exclusively with Sony any more; that's what being a success means for formats.

the 3.5-inch floppy, CD, S/PDIF (what do you think "S" stands for?), Betacam, Video8, miniDV, DVD ...all rather successful (yes, half of them in cooperation with other companies; but so is your list)

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