Sony MiniDisc: The (Not) Forgotten Audio Format That (Never) Failed

Antun Katona
Antun Katona

A fantastic video, thank you! I am quite fond of MiniDisc. I've been wishing for one since 1998 when it first appeared in the shops here. I still have all the catalogs! Finally, I was able to get one in 2004 and I still have it. It was a fortune for a struggling engineering student but I had to have it. I think it instilled a sense of quality and reliability in me. I can safely say that modern-day consumer electronics can't approach what those Japanese manufacturers did at the time. Sadly, I don't use MD any longer but still, the idea of something really excellent has stayed in my mind and to this day I haven't been able to relive the experience, no matter what I try or buy. Cheers, mate!

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Diego Mendes
Diego Mendes

Didn't know about DCC, amazing video.

Πριν 14 ώρες
Hari Seldon
Hari Seldon

Thanks so much for this video-I really liked my minidiscs in the early 2000s and I thought Net MD was excellent.

Πριν 15 ώρες
Pinoy Po Ako
Pinoy Po Ako

I go backwards, using my Alexa connected to my Technics 630T cassette deck and ripping music from Spotify to cassettes. I love it!!!

Πριν 19 ώρες
Moutton Noir
Moutton Noir

I still own 2 portable mini disc players and play them now and again. I liked the format, it was certainly a better portable solution than CD walkman! I also loved the convenience of being able to record at double speed- for the first time we had moved away from real time recording which was a real time consuming chore.

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alexs87
alexs87

i used MD to record my livesets at the club. Best way to do it

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con fuzz
con fuzz

dcc was such a error ridden format , if you wanted to play standard cassettes on it your error rate on the digital readout (same read head) would go skyhigh , md on the other hand was much tougher

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TheLostBoy1974
TheLostBoy1974

I loved the simple but useful editing function on MD.

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Mark Rutter
Mark Rutter

If only they had not crippled mp3 playback with proprietary MD format. It was the extra bit of greed that held this back from mass adoption, fair prices and a longer product life.

Πριν 2 ημέρες
One Hitter Quitter
One Hitter Quitter

I'm an 80s baby an miss a lot of this. My parents had cassette tapes an went to cd. Never saw anything else.

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Arend van Campen
Arend van Campen

Thanks, this gives a die hard md user hope.

Πριν 3 ημέρες
David Lees
David Lees

I love my Sony mini disc player and all my MD album's I bought it new in 1996 and it's got a remote and a leather pouch and I've got a nice pear of senhizer headphones whot I use with it nomatter wot I play wether it's rock classical trance reggae eneything the sound is stunning

Πριν 3 ημέρες
David Lees
David Lees

In fact it was Philips that bought out the first laserdisc player in I think it wos about 1996 but the format diddent larst long and was took over by dvds in 2002 the laser disc was just to big so that maid it smaller hence the dvd was borne dispite the size of the laserdisc it could onley hold the same stuff wot the smaller dvd could hold so that's why thay maid it smaller

Πριν 3 ημέρες
David Lees
David Lees

It was Phillips that bought out the first home cd player in 1982 and it was a top loader meaning like the front loading players you could not stak ather equipment on top of it the first front loading players I think was about 1988

Πριν 3 ημέρες
David Lees
David Lees

How remembers the lasor disc from pioneer

Πριν 3 ημέρες
David Lees
David Lees

I've still got my Sony mini disc wolkman in amakulat condition I've also got a lot of MD album's I use mini senhizer headphones when ime out and the sound quality is stunning

Πριν 3 ημέρες
YONG CHEN SENG
YONG CHEN SENG

now no more lol

Πριν 3 ημέρες
ZONAVELHA
ZONAVELHA

still got it still good

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Quest 321
Quest 321

Best thing to take to a rave back in 99. All the DJ's wanted me to bring it cause it was a simple plug in to the PA system and boom. Got your set in CD quality. Miss my MD Recorder.

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Buster Smith
Buster Smith

Eh I was really interested in this topic but this person presented it in a really boring way. Stopping 6mins in yo find a different video on this topic

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Brian Korsedal
Brian Korsedal

I loved mini-disc!

Πριν 5 ημέρες
pastoo25
pastoo25

Bringing back the memories.... Here, have an upvote.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Coach Alps
Coach Alps

I bought my first Minidisc back in 2001. It was a Net MD MZ N707. 20 years on, and I'm still using it to this day to record and play music. Despite the ease of copying/playing songs in an iPod (and eventually smartphones), nothing can replace the feeling of having a physical media that you can record and pop into a deck or player. Just a sight of my MD collection in front of my work desk brings nostalgia and simple joy. Choosing just a few of your favorite songs, transferring them into MD, then popping the disc into my Net MD at work or my MD stereo deck at home is something I'll never get tired of. Despite its limitations, it's the perfect format for my listening pleasure, second only to vinyl.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
LondonUnderground186
LondonUnderground186

I still have both models MDS-101 and MDS-JE480 at home. I'll never get rid of those. I'm not the one converting myself to the all-exclusive digital era and tools. Yes, they're handy, but when the technology fails, you lose everything if you only store online or on clouds. The analog technology never fails.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Sure Thing
Sure Thing

COLIN, I'M FREAKING OUT

Πριν 5 ημέρες
VetteD SiN
VetteD SiN

i miss my sony md.

Πριν 7 ημέρες
Fernando Martinez
Fernando Martinez

I always wanted a MD, but it were way too expensive in Latin America. In 1996 I ended getting a CD recording (external SCSI one). My copies were 1:1 from original. So it was *NO* point getting a MD anymore.

Πριν 7 ημέρες
TS
TS

I had an MD car stereo hehe.

Πριν 8 ημέρες
Delassa
Delassa

Man I would have loved those kiosks to be available. Loved my MD player and would have used the hell out of that.

Πριν 8 ημέρες
Tiberiu Nicolae
Tiberiu Nicolae

Flash memory killed all the cool stuff. It was inevitable and for the better... But not as cool for sure

Πριν 8 ημέρες
DezFoto
DezFoto

I still have a home component version kicking around here somewhere. I loved the MD, but just like the narrative in the video, I completely dropped it once the iPod came out.

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Sam Sharpe
Sam Sharpe

Yeah its an mp3 we know this man

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Nicolas Martin
Nicolas Martin

I spent far too much time and money on this bridge format. It's well forgotten. I think Sharp made superior devices. When I switched to CDs for recording music, about 90 percent of the discs, then expensive, went in the trash due largely to crap software. I never saw a DCC recording unit or pre--recorded product in a store.

Πριν 9 ημέρες
ImDino
ImDino

Man I miss MD, I had several units throughout the years

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Rambo431
Rambo431

Can I put it in my psp?

Πριν 9 ημέρες
A Todaso
A Todaso

I remember when my friend got one in high school, it was pretty cool until the ipod came out.

Πριν 10 ημέρες
Mark Allen
Mark Allen

24Bit/96k is what we want today. Where is that format? I would love to see that on a buyable disk. But, I remember Sony buying out the American music, that's when I decided that I would never buy a Sony product again, this is a big part of Sony's failure.

Πριν 10 ημέρες
masterscott555
masterscott555

Great video! I got one in the past and I was really happy with it. Sometimes I'm thinking "why don't we use them anymore?". The split second I forgot about streaming and MP3 for a moment.....

Πριν 10 ημέρες
ixnine
ixnine

I had the Sony MZ-E40 and damn did I love that thing! I wish I still had it, can’t say for the life of me what happened to it and my discs.

Πριν 10 ημέρες
Fredrik Mårtensson
Fredrik Mårtensson

I'm a bit late to the party - Bought my 1st MD-player 5 yo, it´s now 4 portable players (2 of which are recorders), and 100-110 MD's. I really love the format, mostly because of the size, but also the retroside of it all. Yeah and it's also kinda neat that many have never seen one ^^

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Master_Misanthrope
Master_Misanthrope

We've lost something in the last 20 years... technology used to have soul... now everything is a souless, attention sucking, plain slab with a screen... I hate 2021, can we go back?

Πριν 11 ημέρες
BIGWillie Wilson
BIGWillie Wilson

The best digital format ever....I used to have a collection of about 14 Sony portable MD Players...I'm still using a Sony MZ-E32 as my walkman when most are using their mobile phones...

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Alister Voltaire
Alister Voltaire

If Sony had let the computer be used to it's maximum extent they could have turned the minidisc into the same standard as the floppy disc but they didn't. It was great in the car, as you didn't need to worry about the discs getting damaged.

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Blue Azure
Blue Azure

When I was a kid, I thought that I could play psp games on my gamecube by removing the plastic case :'l

Πριν 11 ημέρες
RomanceR • 19 years •
RomanceR • 19 years •

i had a Sony portable mini-disc recorder back then. My dad got it from his credit card points, he said it cost 1000 points equivalent to $1000 and it couldn't be bought anywhere in America. There was also an equipment distribution and retailing problem with mini-disc. At the time the big electronics retailers like circuit city and radioshack didn't even stock equipment or blank media until a year after since my dad gifted me the recorder and player I was 15 y/o back then all my friends were impressed and asked its price and where they could get one. Mini-disc failed in America in awarness, price and distribution.

Πριν 11 ημέρες
lois gages
lois gages

fuck sake this was boring... still watched it tho

Πριν 11 ημέρες
This Does Not Compute
This Does Not Compute

yeah I probably should have thrown a few random explosions in there just to spice it up

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Johan Bunde Kondrup
Johan Bunde Kondrup

Early 90's? Wasnt it more like early-mid 00's

Πριν 11 ημέρες
MattIsLoling
MattIsLoling

gamecube was on that gangster shit

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Trevor Madsen
Trevor Madsen

I am happy that MD couldn`t be dominant at the time in US and Europe instead CD. Rewritable medium could be dangerous for music market, and CD was not.

Πριν 11 ημέρες
Styreta X
Styreta X

My dad is a gadget freak and had this in his car. I loved playing with the little cassettes while driving. Growing up I dont think ive ever heard of anyone else using the format though, such a shame.

Πριν 11 ημέρες
misterclownface
misterclownface

Wow, i didn't know MiniDisc's lasted through 2011-2013. I thought it died around early 2000s.

Πριν 11 ημέρες
HalfBreedMix
HalfBreedMix

14:20 " Type-R ", so we all know this unit could play faster :-)

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Curry Chips
Curry Chips

Still better than CDs.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Andy
Andy

One of the kids in my Scout troop had a MD player in the 90s, when most of us still had tape players. When we saw what it could do (sound quality, song skipping, small size, etc), we all wanted it! While MD might not have become the dominant format, it definitely helped to set expectations for what the next generation of music players had to be.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Carlos G
Carlos G

Was the Sony psp UMD an offshoot of this?

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Baptiste
Baptiste

Back then, I was SO angry on the iPod for shading the capacities of MD: the quality was bad, and it was absolutely impossible to record anything on the go like it was possible with the MD. I could ABSOLUTELY NOT understand why people would prefer the iPod…

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Marc Browne
Marc Browne

I always wanted a Minidisc player. The rich kids at my school all had them. I think their flaw was not embracing the storage potential earlier on. I remember thinking how much better they were than floppy disks in the early 90s, but Sony failed to make them the go-to replacement, then Zip came along and stole their chance. Also, they could hold a lot of music in MP3 format, they should have supported that format much earlier on.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Richard Fear
Richard Fear

I still have my MD recorder component and a 6 disc MD changer for car audio, though it's not hooked up. Loved the format, shame it never went anywhere.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
David Gann
David Gann

I loved fact that you could get 40 hours of listening off of one AA battery!!! It was great for me in the military. I even jumped it a couple of times. Loved the format, hated the Sony software that it used.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Rob Higham
Rob Higham

A minidisc player is still part of my audio setup

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Thomas Madman
Thomas Madman

Around 20:00 minutes in, this guy waffles so much

Πριν 12 ημέρες
str1xt
str1xt

No, you have zero patience. Probably a gen x or whatever you snowflakes are called.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
Dr Rhomboid Goatcabin
Dr Rhomboid Goatcabin

Loved my mini disc players. Being able to make a big mix “tape” on a skip free small (for the time) device was just awesome.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
John Thornhill
John Thornhill

I owned 4 different minidisc players and something like 500 disks. I loved these little things and miss them now.

Πριν 12 ημέρες
frank doster
frank doster

My sony md player was great. Loved the format

Πριν 13 ημέρες
The Wandering Albatross
The Wandering Albatross

I had a MD player back in 96, 97. Never heard of DCC. I remember having a limited selection of new albums being sold at Best Buy on MD.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Leo carvalho
Leo carvalho

I honestly expected nothing then I saw my dude put in a hitomitoi cd and I was just not expecting it

Πριν 13 ημέρες
MC Save
MC Save

Blu-ray або HD DVD?!?

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Giovanni van Haaren
Giovanni van Haaren

This is awesome. If you own disc's that don't work anymore; bypass the sensor that stops the minidiscplayer when opening the disc compartment. Take of the metal plate of a working minidisc with 74min of sound on it. Put it in, let it read the index of the disc and than quickly change it for the broken minidisc. Voila, enjoy lost music.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
simon harrison
simon harrison

Man, I had about 200 MD's. All laboriously named using the remote on my Sony recorder. Nearly broke my heart when I eventually emptied them into the a skip at the local dump.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Kevin Olson
Kevin Olson

I had a minidisc recorder and portable player. Ultimately I gave up on it. Great video!

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Patrick Bailey
Patrick Bailey

Omg, had a Sony auto reverse walkman, then an anti-shock CD walkman and fell in love with the MD walkman and later on the NetMD walkman... But the ipod vídeo was a no brainer.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Fabio Zuluaga
Fabio Zuluaga

This is so nostalgic

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Tim Monta
Tim Monta

I had mini disk and was very nice. Never ever heard about the dcc.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
RetroLux
RetroLux

I installed a Sony minidisc deck in my 1988 Toyota Hilux Surf (aka 4Runner) in 1998. I still have both the vehicle and the MD player however a few weeks ago my MD deck stopped powering on. I love it so much that I found the exact same MD model with a different fault on eBay and it's currently being shipped from Germany all the way to me in New Zealand. When it gets here I'll hopefully make one fully operating deck out of the two. My local car stereo business think I'm mad, but after more than 20 years, any other stereo in my truck would just be wrong.

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Paul Barker
Paul Barker

I loved my mini disc player

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John Brown
John Brown

If they made it a 24bit audio player I think would taken off better

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Valcor
Valcor

32:10 poor Sony just when it was finally looking good in comes the ipod 😂😂 Makes sense why I never hear of MD devices

Πριν 13 ημέρες
Valcor
Valcor

30:00 literally my childhood downloading songs from limewire

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Valcor
Valcor

11:35 I mean the labels had a point 😂😂 Everyone had a cd burner music basically became free

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Youtube Emperor of Mankind
Youtube Emperor of Mankind

I loved the MD. My old player was stolen by a drug addict.. for years I always thought of my awesome MD player that I loved so much because of its awesome quality.. even the MP3 players simply werent as awesome. And 2 months ago I got a used MD player (Sony (Walkman(but its a MD player))MODEL: MZ-R500) that uses only 1 normal AA battery (rare, they usually use those weird flat square rechargeable batteries). The quality is amazeballs. Even better than I remember. But the best part by far is that I only had to pay 40€ and 3 discs included. AMAZING. So happy!

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Tavpanda
Tavpanda

Had one of these in middle school before the zune came out lol and then apple took over

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Ten0chtl1
Ten0chtl1

Concerned for copyright infringement Napster: Hold my beer.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Jung K
Jung K

Wokemans were awesome

Πριν 14 ημέρες
GobiCanuck
GobiCanuck

I loved my mini disc. I backpacked across China for two years with it.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
g metz
g metz

I missed this Walkman

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Channel customization
Channel customization

I dream about Sony MZ-M200!

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Isma Linkin
Isma Linkin

I still use my old solid state Walkman and convert every song to atrac3 plus, the quality is amazing

Πριν 14 ημέρες
NorMac384 / Cam Magee
NorMac384 / Cam Magee

I still have mine!

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Lubomir Vatchkov
Lubomir Vatchkov

Very nice watch! 👍

Πριν 14 ημέρες
R E
R E

I was such a hipster in high school when ipods first came out that me and a few friends got mini discs players instead of ipods 😂

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Jeff B
Jeff B

It really was horrible sounding...

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Jeff B
Jeff B

Never failed to sound like crap

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Arthur K
Arthur K

I loved my minidisc. I used it for a few years in the early 2000s. It was way better at the time than portable cd players. Better shock absorption. Easier to record. Smaller. In fact I would have probably used it even longer if it hadn't developed a glitch in recording, it added jumps in the audio once or twice in every song, and that really disappointed me and made me look elsewhere. If that didn't happen, I would have probably used it for a few more years. The next portable audio player I remember buying was the sandisc sansa clip. That was probably 8 years after I bought the minidisc. So for me - the minidisc held up for 7-8 years. Great product and awesome video!

Πριν 14 ημέρες
antj29
antj29

I loved minidisc, only changed once iPod came along, I even had a standard fit minidisc head unit in my Mini Cooper s , bmw offered a standard fit head unit

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Shion0Hibiki
Shion0Hibiki

I remmember having brought 2 sony MD player and loved it so much, i have it with me where every i go. The only downside was the optic read and write head. It doesn't last long. I brought a korean made IRiver hand held MP3 player that use something like SSD later on. now mobile phone can do the trick.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Henk Spierings
Henk Spierings

I had one of these. I created my own music discs, and would edit on the go as well. It’s all been replaced by my phone, but I thought this was the greatest invention ever.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Jahman Borneo
Jahman Borneo

Loved mine. Easiest way to put mixed music together.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
Daijoubu
Daijoubu

Dozen hours?! That's recording, I remember getting like 50 hours out of a single alkaline AA cell when playing back

Πριν 14 ημέρες
LinkIsBig
LinkIsBig

Got high went down a rabbit hole and now we here.

Πριν 14 ημέρες
San Ansa
San Ansa

I really like the Minidisc player. I needed a small audio player that I could use to do swimming laps since I found it boring. I first bought a waterproof FM radio but the signal was so bad I couldn't pickup any radio stations. So I made a water proof case for the Minidisc player, it took me quite a few tries to make a waterproof case for it and also find the proper waterproof earbud headphones (I added an additional silicone layer to seal it properly). And a clip to the waterproof case, so I could clip the player on to the strap of my swimming googles (i bought a pair of snorkel swim goggles that had ear covers to prevent water in the ears). It works great. But then Oregon Scientific came out with a waterproof MP3 Player.

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