After a surprisingly long 21-year life, Sony has officially announced the end of the MiniDisc. Production will be halted and the last MiniDisc players will be shipped out in March.
The MiniDisc debuted in late 1992 and made a big impact on the Japanese market, but barely made a dent elsewhere, hampered by a high price tag and limited music selection. Once a cutting-edge technology, the MiniDisc player is a disc-based data storage device that can hold up to 80 minutes of digitized audio that fits into a compact, portable
The development of the MP3 player and iPod severely cut into the already limited sales of the MiniDisc at the turn of the century, which is why it’s so surprising the player has lasted this long. Rumors swirled in September that Sony would be stopping production, but the MiniDisc was able to squeeze another five months into its lifespan before officially being killed off by Sony.
Source: Ashai Shimbun