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Jul182016

MINIDISC

I get asked "when are you doing a minidisc video" every day. Some people ask me if I've heard of a 'forgotten format' that was like a small CD held in a plastic tray called 'mini disk' (SIC) so its probably best that I put the record straight....I was all-in on MD back in the early 00s. I loved MD, and I still do, I used it daily until I got my first iPod (which was an iPod colour). I've still got a box full of MDs and I was present at a Sony launch demonstration of minidisc a few months before it went on sale to the public in the UK.  
 
So yes, I'm working my way around to Minidisc. I have been accumulating a number of machines that demonstrate different aspects and milestones in the minidisc format's timeline. There's a lot to cover ATRAC, MD LP, HiMD etc etc.
 
Many of my audio format videos have taken years to assemble, and there's really no rush, MD isn't going anywhere, no reason to panic....a MD retrospective video will happen, when I can do a good job of it. I really don't want to do a format that is so close to my heart a disservice...so please bear with it.

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Reader Comments (19)

Thank you for your kind answer, please let me know if you need some photos or short videos of the players I own to complete your post. As an example I have a Sony MZ-S1, which I think is one of the weirdest looking unit in the history of the format...

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEfisio Piantacarote

I was looking on Youtube for a minidisc video by you and was surprised that one was not done yet... Its one format I thought was really cool. I bought in to it in the late 90's and used it until I got a solid state mp3 player. I had and still have a sony discman recorder that I made custom mix discs with to play when working out at the gym. I did get a few prerecorded ones off Ebay. sad the format never caught on better.

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermike

Hey Mr. Techmoan,

want to grab the chance to say that I absolutely love not only the content but also the style in which you're producing your videos, so please absolutely take your time for the MD video and for everything that may come in the future. Its easy to see that your videos are time-, labour- and cost-intensive the way you're doing it (and not very many youtubers put that much effort and love into their content - and it shows). Your way of doing these clips makes the difference for me. I especially enjoy the very thoughtfully controlled amount of detail presented (its always a very good balance between getting the full picture of the subject and, on the other hand, still remaining entertaining and not beeing too much) and also that they are so well-made from a "craftsmanship"-perspective of the production and of the overall layout of the show (I hope the translation is understandable). Thank you for all this, I hope you will go on with doing these videos the way you do it as long as possible :-)

All the best!
Kurti

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKurti from Germany

I loved minidisc as well. I used to make bootleg recordings of concerts. One thing that drove me crazy was not being able to go digital to digital. Sony, as usual put limitations on the format. In this case, trying to thward piracy they made it so you couldn't get digital output from players. The only way to get my minidisc recordings on my computer was to play the recording then to digitize it. Instead of digital to digital I had to go digital to analog, then analog to digital.

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Waiting so...patiently. Thanks in advance. Regards from Spain.

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuan Felix

I still have my Kenwood portable MInidisc player rattling around somewhere. It's actually my second one - my Sony one died on me and I still loved the format enough to replace it, shortly before MP3 players got really viable. Both players supported the higher compression level so I could fit something like 5 hours of music on a disc, which was great for a roadtrip - the night before I'd just play my MP3 collection on shuffle while recording to the line input on the player, and then I had a very primitive slow-to-sync iPod Shuffle long before the word "iPod" was coined!

Somewhere I also still have the minidisc of the MC Frontalot concert that I "bootlegged" (on his request), and which he signed as well. (I gave him a copy too. I think it's still lurking around on his site somewhere.)

Al: One clarification is that Sony actually did allow digital-to-digital copying of MiniDisc (at least on their higher-end standalone decks), but ONLY non-commercial recordings. Commercial recordings set the "copy protection" bit on the S/PDIF protocol stream, which Sony gear always honored. I believe there were (and are) plenty of devices that will happily let you get around that, though.

Also I always felt like it was a shame that the minidisc data format never caught on. I think it was one of those too-little-too-late issues.

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

My favorite audio format is actually 8cm CD Singles, which have been mentioned in the video about the tiny Discman; although I am still fascinated by Minidisc. To my knowledge, it was not as successful commercially as the CD or Cassette tapes, and was a little bit more expensive, however they sounded (and still sound) very good. I believe a video about them would be well-received, but take all the time you need.

July 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTawmis

Talking of obsolete formats, the Japanese company Funai have announced they are stopping making VHS video machines. I think they are the last manufacturer (they manufacture for Sanyo and various own brand ones for electrical shops - Pacific, Durabrand etc). When I mentioned this to my brother he asked if it was still possible to get blank Edison wax cylinders. The answer is that you can: http://www.paulmorrismusic.co.uk/WaxCylinders.asp

That has to be the ultimate obsolete recording format!

In the 80's I worked for the RNIB and we had a unique cassette system used for talking books. At the time the Post Office was required to carry these free of charge as long as they went in special mailers. The machines were huge, very mechanical and maintained by a team of volunteers across the country. That is yet another tape cassette format.

Sorry for the ramble. I do enjoy your videos.

July 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGordon

Thanks for the link and reply. The videos on MD are quite scant, and you are by far the best person to fill that void. I've amassed quite a collections of portables, decks, dictaphones, storage and discs themselves, that if there is anything specific you need then please give me a shout and I will be happy to help out where I can! (See attached email)

Regards,

Matt

July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Cameron

Thank you for letting us know that you will make an MD video!
I have 3 portables MZ-R70, MZ-G750 and my most used MZ-NH600 Hi-MD unit.
I love the format and in fact use it most days! It was an amazing recording tool that
I often wonder how advanced it would be if Sony brought it back today!

There aren't any consumer portable digital recorders on the market today that can
record from an optical input.
Although a niche recording tool I would have loved to see Sony expand on the Hi-MD
Maybe having 2Gb discs, as I record on the 1Gb ones, PCM with only 1 hr and 34 m
Recording time.

Looking forward to seeing what you do.
Love you videos
Cheers

August 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul in London

It's great you're working on an MD item. If you need some gear, let me know.

August 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Hi i have just got the m6 plus great dash cam problem is i keep getting video play back error when i try to play back video i have format card in unit and its a class 10 micro sd card 32 GB have try a few cards same problem and have it connected with cellink after i watch your review ? what could be wrong.

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterToby

Best re-post under the M6+ video, but you do need to be more specific so that anyone could understand your problem.
Playback errors occurring over....
wifi on a phone?
iOS or android?
Or
playback errors on a computer?
OSX or Windows?
And in what playback software
VLC, Media Player, QuickTime etc.

August 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi I got a DDPai M6+plus dash cam problem is when i go to play back video that is in the ddpai app on my iphone 5 i keep getting video playback error have try to put sd card class 10 32 GB in my pc windows 7 64 bit and use quick time and windows media player and get video playback error . Can you help please Thanks.

August 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterToby

you are the first youtuber ever to answer a comment :'( thank you a lot.

September 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatricio Patterson

No problem, I keep putting the minidisc video further down the queue because it's something I can't get excited about. I used them, they were great, but just like asking someone to review a car they drove 15 years ago, it doesn't feel like fun.

September 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If you need a portable MD player I have one of the Sony NetMD units that I can loan out. I also have a collection of MiniDiscs I am willing to loan out. I also have a large home unit that I would offer for you to disassemble as it is no longer functional, free to good home shall we say.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Bell

Thanks for the offer- but I've collected all the machines I need now...it's just a matter of finding the time to make the video. I do also need to cover one other format first that then leads neatly into MD. It makes a lot more sense this way around.

October 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Techmoan, one more thing to cover is that Philips - the maker of the competing DCC - interestingly did produce MiniDisc recorders, however under their (back then) Marantz brand. http://minidisc.org/part_Decks_Marantz.html
Again, if you need some gear for your video, be it an MD Walkman, pre-recorded discs including an early demo disc, feel free to contact me.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarco Rossen

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