Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Death of The MiniDisc

Yep, it's finally happened.
Sony has finally decided that enough is enough, and will stop manufacturing the MiniDisc Walkman. This product originally appeared back in 1992!, with shipments ceasing from this September onwards. This is because there is no more sustainable demand for the MiniDisc player, hence Sony’s painful decision to stop its manufacturing.

Before the MP3 player took over the portable media player world by storm, MiniDisc player was the epitome of cool. The abilty to stash away an entire album on a disc that measures just 6.4cm in diameter, without the skipping problems that plagued the Discman and doing away with all the noise found in cassette tapes was a huge step forward in portable music. Too bad the MP3 format and the iPod appeared, which marked the beginning of the MiniDisc’s decline.

To date, the MiniDisc Walkman has sold around 22 million units worldwide, but it ultimately failed to match the popularity enjoyed by its predecessor, the portable cassette player (the original Walkman, of course). Sony won’t give up making the discs yet though, so don’t trash that MiniDisc player just yet.


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