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Sony Rolls Out Last MiniDisc Players in March

Posted on February 1, 2013
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After halting the product of the MiniDisc Walkmans back in July, Sony has announced that the last of these optical players are set to be shipped out this March.

Despite many issues the MD format confronted, especially the Digital Rights Management that makes the proprietary ATRAC file format unplayable and non-transferable to non-MD players, not to mention the competition from media-free music players like the iPod, it is impressive that Sony’s MiniDisc media format lasted for 20 years.

But it is not the end of the road for the MD just yet, as other companies like Onkyo will continue to produce similar optical hardware.

And in case you are wondering, Sony still clings to its proprietary media privilege, such as in the PlayStation Vita.

Source: Asahi, via Engadget

 
 

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