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New Sony Minidisc Players

By Julio Franco
Jan 8, 2004
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  1. From Slashdot news: Sony's has announced it's new new range of Hi-MD players at the CES show. The range of players (which should hit the shops in April) will start below $200 for a device that can function as a USB hard drive as well as storing a claimed 45 hours of music. The twist is that the data is stored on a new type of removable 1Gb media, a development of the minidisk format, with blanks costing about $7 each. The BBC have some more details including backwards compatibility with old-style minidisks and an ominous mention of 'built-in copyright protection' but I can't find anything on Sony's official site yet.
  2. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 137

    Sounds good to me
  3. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    sounded very good till the part about copyprotection, though that would depend on how it is implimented.
  4. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    backwards compatible?
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    Means the older Sony Mini-Discs(remember those things that looked a bit like a floppy) will play in it
  6. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    You guys here don't quite get sarcasm...

    Don't you know sony for backwards compatibility issues?...
    Thousands of PS1 games never worked on PS2...
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    That's another reason to stick with PC games. I'll bet X-Box won't suffer from that issue, as its largely PC based.
  8. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    Wait, still thousands of PS1 games do work on PS2 :)
    But that's another issue for another topic
  9. Iojo

    Iojo TS Rookie

    I remember being at a computer show when the mini disc player came out (about 1992 ?), & seeing one hooked up to a PC for use as storage then. Never did understand why Sony did not make a better push for using it as removable storage.
  10. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 501

    I love my minidisc- best archival format around as the discs last forever and you can abuse them no end as they are in their own case and only cost about a buck a piece. I highly doubt that they will be backwards-compatable with regards to the new device as a one gig density on a platter that size almost certainly implies a blue laser or some such voodoo tech.
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