I can't imagine why MiniDisc never caught on...

I was given a MiniDisc with some recorded content a little while ago. Since I've been wanting to transfer that content to my Mac, I recently bought a MiniDisc player with a USB port off eBay. Turns out that Sony, in what I can only assume was their desire to kill the standard, decided it would be a good idea to only let you copy to a MiniDisc from a computer, not from it to a computer. I ended up having to play the audio through the headphone jack into the line in port on my Mac.

Oh, and the SonicStage software that's required to interface with the MiniDisc player is Windows-only, so I need to keep a Windows VM around just to talk to the player at all. It absolutely puzzles me why the format never caught on.

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What's the point - the iPod was (is still?) exactly the same

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo


Yes and no, I know that the iPod has similar restrictions, but MiniDisc is much more comparable to CDs or tapes in that you have inexpensive rewritable media that can be freely exchanged. And I can pop a CD into my computer and copy its contents without any effort at all.

An iPod, on the other hand, is an expensive device with built-in storage. I'm not just going to give a friend an iPod, and that alone severely limits the annoyance from not being able to copy music off of it.

October 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterKyle Cronin

I can see your point - if it was a personally recorded disk rather than something commercial

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

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