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Sony finally discontinuing the MiniDisc after more than 20 years

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
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 Addict Posts: 439   +84

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

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +203

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

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,840   +1,184

    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: 3,073   +97

    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: 8,001   +2,885

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

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,456   +1,735

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

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 64

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

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 145   +55

    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: 4,686   +350

    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 Guru Posts: 451   +21

    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...
  13. Yeah the ATRAC format which Sony developed for the mini-disc was much better than mp3 and from memory ATRAC had two or three levels of compression and still a reasonably compact device. On the lowest level the sound quality was superb and arguably audiophile quality with no discernible loss from the original source file (best if CD). I can see why musicians would use them particularly with the handy recording mic. Personally, I don't think mp3 has gotten much better but the masses don't seem to mind. I guess the only issue is accumulating all of those little digital mini-dics, not big but obviously not as small as pure digital data on a sim.

    I really enjoyed my mini-disc player and still have fond memories of travelling and listening to my favorite tracks which I'd download from CD. I wish I could go back there sometimes. :) My new Xperia Z3 still does not sound as good and just died yesterday by the way after only 3 months. :'(

    I still have two mini-disc players. One broken unfortunately but for those who demand the best sound quality they are still a good option at the right price point if you can pick one up.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    Another item that lost traction with the release of flash storage.

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