October 23, 2019 HomeArticlesMiniDisc: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Your Music MiniDisc: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Your Music By Maxine Hayes Articles, Blog 100 Comments Tags:1999, minidisc player, old gadgets, old tech, retro review, sony minidisc, Sony MZ-R37, tech history, throwback, throwback tech Related Posts Junction City leaders to discuss abolishing the city’s pit bull ban I Made a Robotic Bongo Cat Important Basic Steps! To Guide you in your journey of financial success working from home About Author admin 100 Comments Ron Wess MusaQ I really enjoyed your review and I feel the same i love the mini disc player although when it was introduced i was sleeping on it…all into vinyl and cassettes. A few years ago i stumbled onto the mini disc tech and had to have one yet I'm an enthusiast of old and new audio and visual equipment. Eventually I got a mini disc home deck…Awesomeness i got a MZ-R30 portable which didn't work properly but it played so i hung onto it. Ended up getting another one Sony Net MD MZ-N510 and I loved it until someone broke into my car and stole that and whatever they could get….I was Heated. Well a year later which is this year the mz-r30 stopped working period so ended up getting another Net MD MZ-N510 and 10 disc off eBay cant wait til they get here (" Like yourself I will be still Rockin mini disc….Technology is Awesome. Hey hopefully we can stay connected…Im a Musician/Producer and I hang out on Instagram under the same name Please check me out…Have a Great 1 (" PeaceLove&GodBless February 13, 2019 Reply Pelger I don't think anybody handled cds like that, maybe it was just you that punished yours like that. February 13, 2019 Reply eLJaybud Minidisc sassafras big in England, until the ups killed it. Even some cars had minidisc. February 14, 2019 Reply Gabriel Chivilcoy Uso minidiscs desde el año 1997 y tengo 6 de mesa y 3 portatiles, todos funcionando. Todavia sigo grabando loa musica que mas me gusta en minidisc. Tengo mas de 300 y mas de 25 prerecorded February 14, 2019 Reply Andrei Bolea Just subbed. You hit the sweet spot. Minidisc is something I enjoy but I find it hard to make it relevant today. You just did that for me. Lesson learned: if you enjoy something (in this case the format because of the hardware that supports it), just ignore the evolution of the tech. Just use the damn thing, because it makes you feel good. Not to mention the nostalgia… February 14, 2019 Reply TheXGamer I’ve been there.Man,I miss Sony back when they were ruling the market. February 18, 2019 Reply bucket full of remixes best thing about the minidisc was the BASS the worst was no 1 the price no 2 the laser that could be cracked 3 limited space on discs for music god bless mp3 players and there hard drives February 25, 2019 Reply Mk Ruiz V Nice video. Downvote because all the abuse and mistreat the cds take… February 27, 2019 Reply mdjey2 I wish those remotes we could still use. They have that electro feel. March 3, 2019 Reply Rav Gawander 11 March 4, 2019 Reply kolop1 I don't think I've ever placed my CDs on the floor. March 10, 2019 Reply Tom Servo What brand rose colored glasses did you use for making this video? Sony's artificial limitations to the disc/drive/software was outrageous. March 10, 2019 Reply HopDoneLiftWright Its the grandpa of the PSP's UMD. March 12, 2019 Reply Miles Coltrane my 2 portable minidisc players are still aliiive. i record my vinyl music in 'em nowadays. March 12, 2019 Reply vext01 If you use an optical cable, track markers are added automatically 🙂 March 15, 2019 Reply Sam Jr. 0:21 what's that thingy beside the phone? March 15, 2019 Reply SomeRandom Had the exact same model and loved it!Sony, Betamax, MiniDisc, Blueray.. So many fails, well blue ray did win against the other, but then the internet hit March 16, 2019 Reply NANOTECH Reviews Still have my 24 recorders March 20, 2019 Reply Andriesu Xred I have some of those in a box somewhere here 😀 March 25, 2019 Reply Bay Areas Napster would be proud!! March 27, 2019 Reply dkyelak I still have my recordable MD player and some discs. It is a shame they didn't catch on. I even remember Yamaha had an 8 track MD recorder for musicians that looked promising. March 27, 2019 Reply Serbian Monday There was something so elegant about technology like this. I don't really get excited about anything new that comes out and I miss physical formats. March 28, 2019 Reply AG K Made absolutly the same experiences. Had the sony md player with the jog dial…so well made…using it even today is so satisfieng. March 29, 2019 Reply Kapil Verma Nice to see that MiniDisc is still alive & has followers world over. I have a Sony MZ-R900 minidisc recordable walkman & I regularly use it. It's built to last forever bcoz the quality is so good. Still looks mint condition & sound quality is awesome. March 29, 2019 Reply Caf3in3 remember i had that thing . i loved it . then it got stolen so i replaced it with mp3 player that i lost which was fine cause i hated it now im looking for a replacement and considering getting this once again 🙂 April 6, 2019 Reply BenjiZero Devos These look amazing. I wish a company could save these honestly. April 8, 2019 Reply Andrew Button I had the sony stereo component minidisc player. Still.have and it works April 13, 2019 Reply timbaland AKA timbaland 007 💽💽💽💽💽💽💽 April 20, 2019 Reply Stephen Thickett The best music format after vinyl. Love my minidisc player. April 21, 2019 Reply Chris A Just purchased this model Brand New in box on ebay, cost a few pennies as there going up like Crazy in price. April 22, 2019 Reply Sarai Leon I'm organizing some space in my apt. and I found my beloved Sony MiniDisc Walkman. I remember it worked perfectly the last time I used it (a few years ago) but now it won't work at all. I'm so sad because I have a bunch of MiniDiscs with music and interviews. Sigh! April 24, 2019 Reply Herman Munster I still have 2 players, one of which is a Net MD Walkman, and I love them. I love their convenience, their durability, the sound quality, the durability and robustness of the discs themselves, and the recordability. Also, if you have a player with long play, like I do, then you can double the capacity of the disc with no real loss of sound quality, or even quadruple the capacity. Up to 320 minutes on one tiny mini disc (if you use an 80 minute disc) is amazing. Although in extra long play or LP4, you will notice a drop in quality. But that is ok if you're just recording music for on the go I guess. But YOU get to CHOOSE the quality that suits YOUR particular needs, which is one of the reasons why MiniDisc was so great. A great format that still has its uses today.As far as I know, you can't use an iPod as a quality field recorder. You can use a voice recording app on a phone, but you can't connect quality microphones. You can with a MiniDisc. And with MiniDisc, you can set the recording level, so YOU are in control.And lets not forget to mention the "HiMD" format, which greatly increased the capacity of MiniDisc, and allowed the discs to be used as a storage media, for photos, videos, or almost anything else, program files etc. Effectively a flash drive on a tiny inexpensive disc.MiniDisc met a premature end imo. But amongst fans of the format, it lives on. Just wish that Sony had kept SonicStage up to date with a release for Windows 10. May 2, 2019 Reply Angel Mendez I owned several different models throughout high school. I wasn't very good at taking care of them lol. May 7, 2019 Reply Lando27Music I had it and still do! Best thing that never caught on in north America.https://www.instagram.com/p/BxSNuDPHu4Q/?igshid=z9z5yq00gtyv May 10, 2019 Reply solnegrolunaroja I got mine too late, in 2005, and by 2008 I moved on to a Sony Ericsson mobile phone with walkman features. I think minidisc should have replaced cd, cassettes and the first pendrives. Good idea, bad timing. I still have some unrecorded minidiscs in its package, the rechargable battery died and exploded and a cable got its plastic kinda corroded in time. May 12, 2019 Reply Christopher Lantesh I really wanted one of these back in the early '90s, but they never really caught on. Had prerecorded albums been readily available, and both home and in dash car models I'd have been all over it. Unfortunately where I lived these were vapor ware. There was nothing to be found. So instead I recorded my CDs to good old cassettes to play in the car. Even today if there was an abundance of used prerecorded albums I'd probably buy a player for nostalgic purposes, but I have no need to record anything to mini disc today. So instead I simply enjoy watching videos like this to appreciate this classic tech. May 17, 2019 Reply Corey Pattison Hey man what about the Sony EV dt1 8mm TV? May 18, 2019 Reply TheThinRedLineWeHold TheThinRedLineWeProtect I like the PSP it’s mini and has mini discs I plan on suggesting more games May 22, 2019 Reply shaneweightman Dead in the states , never took off in USA , but it did everywhere else buddy, still use mine today and tape and cd May 26, 2019 Reply shaneweightman 2002 Sony finished production May 26, 2019 Reply eric peinard My MD Sony compatible with disc 1 giga May 26, 2019 Reply Buff Barnaby I had a high-end one…Sony was "like no other" back then. May 28, 2019 Reply Buff Barnaby I used Napster…still have a Napster hat. May 28, 2019 Reply Dib Irken Can you use coaxial out as optical out? June 8, 2019 Reply Rabbit I absolutely loved the MD format! June 9, 2019 Reply TheJedihunter I would say may PS-LX210 June 11, 2019 Reply Eye of Thoth I hit up this video when searching for what a mini disc was, I never saw one before and don't remember seeing any ads for them back in the day. I thought it was an esoteric Japanese format like video CD's. June 12, 2019 Reply Bryan Beyer Face down is actually the BEST way to store cds. If you scratch the TOP of them, you’re screwed. But a scratch in the bottom can be polished out. Anyway, I had a HI-Md player which I bought with intents to record band practices and try and bootleg live concerts with.. it turned out to be more of a portable music player in the car than anything else. I never understood why they didn’t catch on June 12, 2019 Reply Adrian Rush I loved my MiniDiscs. I had a home player and a portable unit. I grew up making mixtapes, and for me these were the perfect format: portable like CD and cassette, didn't scratch and skip like LPs, didn't hiss and get gobbled up in the machine like cassettes, were re-recordable like cassettes, had great sound like CDs, and had the protective case to protect the disc. There were a few commercial releases — I distinctly remember owning Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" on MD — but most record companies sadly never bought in to the format. And yeah, as MP3 players emerged, it was the end of the line. I still prefer physical media, though, so for me I still use CDs (and sometimes buy the occasional LP). June 13, 2019 Reply Construction Toy Dude Minidisc was actually successful in Europe and Asia. It was on the market for around 19 years and over thirty different companies produced minidisc tech. After standard minidisc format there was Net-md then Hi-md. June 14, 2019 Reply Bojan Glamocak Sony is so often ahead of its time… I always wanted one of those June 16, 2019 Reply Diego Kapfenberg OoouuuUW so nostalgic when we where just past the turne of a new century and then booom shakalaka!!!! June 22, 2019 Reply Hawaii Lin iPad 2 June 23, 2019 Reply J.J.moony This was it I had 5 still have 3 this was the best thing to have ever come out of audio playing and recording, you finally had control over your music, bless you Sony well before it's time. Still great in my opinion,. and it eats iTunes June 26, 2019 Reply spkrcity 1:13 Punk-O-Rama 4 and Offspring's Inxnay on the Hombre. I had those CDs June 30, 2019 Reply Harvey De Niro Please sub my channel, also in to mini discs, thanks. June 30, 2019 Reply knmonlinemedia I had 3 minidisc players, all net md models 😅 July 5, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb .(.148K views.). July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb .(.MICHAEL FISHER.). July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb .(.5:16.). July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb .(.8:35 pm,07/07/2562.). July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb .(.1,095 Comments.). July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb 8:36 pm July 7, 2019 Reply Patrick Heb 8:37 pm July 7, 2019 Reply SiaarZH Another good example of how "Planned Obsolescence" ruins great products. July 8, 2019 Reply Francois Viljoen Still have my Sharp MT99. Brilliant does not start to describe it.You forgot to mention MD-LP which would stretch your capacity 4 times. July 13, 2019 Reply Fauxtaku Lounge The MZ-R37 is and was always the best recorder on the planet. Best looks, amazing audio performance, and plenty of good ins and outs to shame the MZ-R55 and most recorders after. July 14, 2019 Reply Fauxtaku Lounge The R37 is aluminium rather than magnesium. Magnesium cases came a couple of years later, with the R90 I believe. But, yeah, best unit, ever. July 14, 2019 Reply Joshua Bray Too bad it never caught on. It was a great format. July 14, 2019 Reply kla jess I have 2 a sony and a sharp,,i recorded concerts..i always standing in the frontrow..lol..basf md where the best July 17, 2019 Reply mars base Really loved my mini disc player. Too bad the format didn't get a longer run. But that's tech awesome one day obsolete the next lol July 20, 2019 Reply Lei Siz Paks I was a countryside kid in the 90s, minidiscs were something no one but the one underground electronic music nerd owned in the village. bought my first MD player yesterday, no remote, dead original rechargeable but it works on AAs. Looking for discs to play on it now. July 28, 2019 Reply Gadgetonomy Watching this in 2019 after purchasing a Sony MZ-N910 off eBay to rekindle my love of minidiscs from 16 years ago! July 28, 2019 Reply Aki Media I only learned about mini disc because of a minidisc holder I found at my local Daiso July 29, 2019 Reply Joshi Oyabun Minidisc is still great August 1, 2019 Reply Francisco Vazquez I still have a Sony MZ-NH900 player and more than 200 MDs… If you have one you may notice that the quality of the sound exceeds that of the iPod… MDs were designed for technology enthusiasts and audiophiles. ipod was created for people who just want to listen to some music and don't feel comfortable having more options than play and pause, and sometimes, next… Thanks for your video!! August 7, 2019 Reply William Adlam why didn't minidisc take off? i like the minidisc recorder August 13, 2019 Reply denimalos I remember having a lot of trouble getting music copied to the disk. I think i only ever made one or two mixes. Can't remember what the trouble was , but i ended up going back to cds . August 15, 2019 Reply Conax Liu 1:20 Hey I had that phone! August 18, 2019 Reply subliminalvibes That's not an optical cable Bro… I hope you haven't been recording analogue all these years thinking you were recording optically. 😎 August 26, 2019 Reply Nick Tsoulli I think mini disc was pretty good, just a tad too late and expensive. I had a disc man and a walkman and never really saw the point back in the day. i generally had no problem looking after my CD's and if they where going to be treated badly. I'd copy to a cd'r and abuse that. MP3 players, solid state and HDD came around too fast , i just wouldn't part with my 800GB Ipod 5g. The only thing CD really has over mini disc is size ( in MB) and uncompressed audio that converts properly to any digital format you like without issues. CD's are alot like the digital version of Vinyl that copy perfectly on to things like mini disc and your MP3 player. August 26, 2019 Reply J Frye well that was sad and unfortunate but they are most decently impressive at the same time I wonder why. September 2, 2019 Reply TEDDY RIECK Pinback pinback we love rob crow September 3, 2019 Reply Bryan Simmons I couldn't agree more! I still have a perfectly working palm sized Sharp MT15s that I've kept for "lost technology nostalgia" reasons. Minidisc should have been the digital replacement for cassette tapes and CDs in the pre iPod and mp3 era. Sad it didn't turn out that way 🙁 September 6, 2019 Reply HOUS BIN PHARTEEN still have the walkman and the stereo unit, i actually had one in my car as the main deck , the minidisc came in a good time but it did not last too long September 8, 2019 Reply Redeadica YEEZUS September 12, 2019 Reply Franklin Romero NSYNC? Really? September 17, 2019 Reply William Adlam mr mobile i like the minidisc recorder thanks September 19, 2019 Reply William Adlam i like the minidiscs Mr mobile mates September 19, 2019 Reply chadergeist82 They should bring this back! People are so frickin' stupid to give up on this format. I use it to this day and i even record my vinyl lp's on it. I love this format! There is so much you can do with this that cassettes will never give you. That goofball doesn't even know how to put a label on one of the discs. LOL! September 22, 2019 Reply stapuft So what your claiming is that this is "the best failed format you never heard of"? September 24, 2019 Reply XO Gold J.G.S. I had that same player back in 2000… wish I took the format more seriously considering I liked this format way more than CD's September 30, 2019 Reply latchfordlad82 I still use mine and will continue to do so October 2, 2019 Reply Fox Rivers The long recording capability of these were the best part. Where else could you record a 4-hr radio morning show each day? I would set my timer to record to my mini-disc while I was sleeping, and after it was over I would grab the disk, and take it to work to listen at my desk each day. Otherwise, I would use them to record 4 hours of music from cable music channel or Pandora. People would come by my desk and ask, is that an .MP3 player because I was using these when everyone else had an iPod. Maybe someday I'll convert all my minidiscs to .MP3 and maybe I won't since it will take alot of disk space. October 3, 2019 Reply Fox Rivers The video talks about the portable minidisc Walkman. The truth is larger minidisc recorders were used widely in professional recording studios instead of reel to reel recorders. Also Sony made decks which were like cassette decks that plugged into your audio receiver. I went through several of those but I have a Tascam unit which is a professional brand. It has lasted longer than all the Sony decks I had combined. I imagine you can still buy professional minidisc recorders from manufacturers like Tascam but I expect they would be quite expensive. October 4, 2019 Reply euphrentic I loved my MZ-R37 more than any other audio gadget. I got a discman with an optical out to copy cds. Remixed my favorite tracks. Made them longer. Cut out parts I didnt like, etc. October 4, 2019 Reply Without Life Honnestly…. Youre right!! I got this one. ( sony portable)And i have an Original Disc… ( oasis ) really.. But after some years. Its. BrokenMy second player …..( stuck a custom mini Disc …._ 2 month…ago….) But after…more than 15 years..Do you think you can save… Money After more than 2-3 years.. Mini Disc.. Was the really best ever October 16, 2019 Reply Celtic CC Castle Clash years on, my old cd collection has started to deteriorate where as my mini disc collection is fine. Minidisc was basically a multi rewritable cd that came in its own protection case. It also had the added bonus of not skipping like a cd did so you could jog with a portable minisdisc player. Unfortunately it was more expensive and Sony were too isolationist with the tech so it didn't take off the way it should have. Damn shame October 17, 2019 Reply MsJinkerson don't buy the ones with the gum stick battery they are a joke and when you buy the batteries online they don't work it is like people put no good dead batteries in a case and seal them advertising them as new they are scammers October 20, 2019 Reply Matt Williams The Palm Pre, AND MiniDisc? Are you my long lost brother? 😎 October 22, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.