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Monday
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)

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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