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Sony finally discontinuing the MiniDisc after more than 20 years

By Shawn Knight
Feb 1, 2013
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  1. Sony announced plans to discontinue the MiniDisc player nearly two years ago following a surprising 21 year run. The company is just now getting around to putting the final nail in the coffin of the forgotten format as the last...

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 421   +81

    I remember those from the 90s. Who even used these things in 2013?
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,298   +159

    +1 to the " Never knew these things were still being used" group.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,299   +818

    I had a friend with one of these back in 1999, and they were really cool for the time. You could record your own songs to the disc from your CDs and use it as a discman with your own mixed discs. What made it so much better than a discman was it was half the size and could literally shake it and it wouldn't skip (any old farts here remember seeing people running while holding their discman level in their hand?). that made it awesome for running/working out.
  5. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 2,162   +73

    I loved my MiniDisc back in the day. It was really well built, very portable, easy to use, transfers were relatively fast and audio quality was good. Much better than the early MP3 players and MP3 disc players of the time. I used mine day in and day out for almost a couple of years... and then the iPod came along.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,710   +906

    How long is "Almost a couple of years"?
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT super-star fish Posts: 2,106   +627

    I still have them, just as a piece of history, although they still play well :)
  8. kissx

    kissx TS Member Posts: 42

    I have 2 mini disc players. they been in my basemant museum since 2004.
  9. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Enthusiast Posts: 106   +31

    I know several pianists and other musicians that still actively use minidisc, as it's very compact, and has a very crisp recording sound, which is absolutely necessary for classical music.
  10. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    lol, same.
    Still work great too.
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,676   +129

    Mines met with an accident and by that time mp3 players were doing well so made the switch (to a sony first). Was a great unit and a big upgrade from the high end cassette walkman I had at uni. Like most other posters I'm surprised it's continued the line this long.
  12. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    One of THE greatest if not greatest post-rock record label gets its name from the humble MiniDisc -- n5md, as it used to be just MDs -- so I guess I have a lot to thank Sony over for the format...

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