MD or MiniDisc, butted heads directly with MP3 (layer 3 of MPEG) compression codec using it's own unique ATRAC compression audio, Sony and other producers offered media that included pre-recorded titles and blanks, and like DAT or Digital Audio Tape before, came under fire for pristine (as thought by record companies) duplicates as good as original artist's recordings, but could it battle digital audio on flash media or in smaller form factors?
Without even recording, which plagued LaserDisc catching on in the 1980s, MP3 players took off while MD floundered, but like DATs before it, MD found a major fan base, and it's still alive despite Sony announcement here to end the format. I actually thought MD had ended earlier, by at least a year or more given media certainly became a USED MARKET only resource. Stores everywhere took the media off the shelf, or they sold out in fast order, since when I was shopping, they had already vanished.
I still have analog cassettes here and there, but it comes from a long history of buying things for the best price. A co-worker in the 1990s turned me onto trying MiniDiscs for the first time, I even bought a DAT that showed up at the local Goodwill, but required me to invest in a repair to get it back to working condition, but as it happens, I still own that recording deck with a small collection of DAT tapes. So I'm happy I actually got personal experience comparing these technologies that mark the true path of digital audio and video over the course of 30 years or more!
MDs are still alive by the fan base created during it's time in the market because it still offers all the digital audio features you can get today, at this exact minute. Recording is simple, and it's highly portable as well, which just doesn't come with most digital PLAYERS
Edited by BlackListedB, 25 October 2013 - 03:56 AM.