Why did MiniDisc fail?

Why did MiniDisc fail?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it did not, it was very succesful.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    too expensive for third world markets

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    MP3.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      more like CD-Rs imo

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    competing standards, it was doa

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I made the MegaDisc and the rest is history.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love the aesthetic.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sony always tries cornering the market by going overboard with locking everything down. There were too many better alternatives that came out around the same time that were open.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Sony always tries cornering the market by going overboard with locking everything down
      It seems like Sony is out of the market...
      Their products were of very good quality but yes, they did go way overboard with product lockdown.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Sony are actually still in the portable audio market, its just aimed at insanely high end.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          more like aimed at people with more money than sense
          literally just an android tablet with an built in amp

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sony being silly

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    piracy ruined music distribution and starved smart formats like the minidisc

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    after like 2005 nobody really needed discs for shit like music or even buy physical media

    if you were SANE and not a consooomer or a computer illiterate boomer, you could download your digital entertainment slop from dc++ or torrents, and put it on your mp3 player or whatever

    >b-but think of the big media corporation profits
    lmao

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >ATRAC3 was aids
    >LP2 barely usable, LP4 was... just lmao
    >NetMD software sucked balls
    >no way to transfer recordings digitally off the unit onto PC faster than realtime
    yeah, it was shit
    t. former MZ-N1 owner

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yeah the realtime transfers were for sure the worst part. MP3 players at the time were super shitty, but they caught up and surpassed MD really quickly

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was kinda successful (although not ultra-dominant like CD) so it didn't really fail.

    CD was king and that's it. It could only get killed by downloadable music, not by another physical format that was very cool but more expensive, more niche, less properly distributed, required new hardware, etc.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They were okay in their time. I had one in the early 2000s. Obsoleted by my PSP, and later, my flip phone.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was made obsolete by the iPod and then the iPhone.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Brown "people" couldn't figure out how to use it. iPod had a much simpler navigational scheme which was compatible with their incompetent minds.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It didn't, it stayed relevant as long as it could and was very successful.
    I even bought one during the early days of MP3 players, because minidisc was still superior.
    But at some point the storage space of MP3 players surpassed the discs and it became obsolete.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sony

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The used market for these is fairly high. What is the best model?

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    DRM. Pricey compared to CDR. When prices finally came down enough, MP3 players came on the scene.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Discs had to be dubbed over analog audio cable just like cassette tapes. Eventually it becomes too much of a hassle.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      pretty much every portable recorder had optical in

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was very successful in the most advanced society in the world (Japan).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >the most advanced society in the world (Japan)
      lol

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It didnt, I used it to record my self playing tuba up until like 2015

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Because CDs existed and did a good enough job already so no one saw a reason to switch and then downloadable music and digital storage became a thing.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The number 1 thing by far was how locked down they were, especially when MP3 rolled around and anyone could dump files onto players way easier than an MD ever could.

    They were extremely popular for live music bootlegging for years even with the compressed ATRAC compression but toward the end of the MD livespan they were only of the only devices that could record in lossless audio when Hi-MD came out. A lot of TV/radio professionals used Hi-MD for years because of how small it was and the overall audio quality. Also much easier than the tape they'd been using previously.

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    short version: mp3s and ipod
    longer version: too expensive in comparison with cd walkman despite it's benefits; only sony ever made pre-recorded releases, so you had to buy the cd, plus a pack of blank mds, and have your hi-fi hardware line up exactly, i.e. a cd player with optical out to go into the md walkman's optical in; the non-standard batteries always died really quickly so you had to carry around AA batteries and the external battery box; when the usb connectable versions came out sony's software had drm, whereas itunes was a "rip, mix, burn" free-for-all

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Fricking ATRAC, back when every tech company was forcing their own proprietary special snowflake audio codec. Still a pain in the ass to deal with even now.
    Glad open formats are mostly dominant nowadays

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Music companies lobbied hard to make copying discs illegal. In Japan you were legally allowed to make a copy of rented CDs.

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