New Sony Minidisc Players

By on January 8, 2004, 3:34 PM
From Slashdot news: [COLOR=royalblue]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.[/COLOR]




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ak_in_charge said:
Sounds good to me
StormBringer said:
sounded very good till the part about copyprotection, though that would depend on how it is implimented.
Federelli said:
backwards compatible?
StormBringer said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Federelli [/i]backwards compatible? [/quote] Means the older Sony Mini-Discs(remember those things that looked a bit like a floppy) will play in it
Federelli said:
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...
Nic said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Federelli [/i]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... [/quote]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.
Federelli said:
Wait, still thousands of PS1 games do work on PS2 :)But that's another issue for another topic
Iojo said:
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.
Godataloss said:
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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