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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RE[4]: sony...
by darknexus on Wed 6th Feb 2013 03:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: sony..."
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Bluray might not be as successful as DVD, but it's possibly your last chance to actually own a movie, and streaming doesn't count.

Ah, if only that were true. Have you checked into Blu-Ray's drm capabilities lately? They can lock you out of your own physical media, unless you rip the disk to an alternate format first. And of course, in certain countries, doing this is illegal even though the studios locking you out of your own purchases is not.

So let us enjoy the format, happy in the fact we don't have to pay a monthly streaming contract so we can watch our preferred movies.

Are you kidding? Do you know how many people pay extortion prices for cable TV (we're talking $70-$90 USD per month in the US)? Do you think those people are going to even raise an eyebrow over a streaming cost? People don't think and, if streaming is cheaper than Blu-Ray (which, in the US at least, it most definitely is with Netflix and other services like it) then they'll go for that. Why buy one Blu-Ray movie for $20-$30 USD when you can pay $8/month and watch as many movies as you want? I don't agree with it personally, but if you look at the market, that's where we're going and, much as I don't like the idea that everything's streamed, I like the idea that I can be locked out of my own physical disks even less.

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