Sony to Retire the MiniDisc Walkman in September

Sony  announced today that they will cease production of the MiniDisc Walkman this fall due to a drop in demand.

If you’re wondering what’s a MiniDisc, you’re not alone. Like the Betamax and Memory Stick, this was one of Sony’s many proprietary technologies that hardly any company besides Sony used. It was invented in the early 1990s as a more compact alternative to the already popular CD, but it never really caught on. I’m not sure that any company besides Sony used it.

Now, the MiniDisc Walkman might be dying, but the MiniDisc will still be made. This 6cm disc will still be available online and well, that’s probably the only place you can find it in the US.

via Nikkei

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Chris12 July, 2011

    I liked the MiniDisc. At the time, writable CD’s weren’t around, so your options were a cassette tape or the MiniDisc. I’m shocked as hell that they’re just now doing away with the MD Walkman.


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