Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Gerald Chan0
Bye Minidisc, you rocked my 2000s!
Oh dear, after reading that Sony plans to discontinue the Minidisc, waves of nostalgia overcame me.
The Minidisc came into my existence sometime in the late 2000s, back when I was in Secondary 4. At the time, it was a pretty expensive device for music but the upside was that the disc was re-recordable and with the advent of Starhub broadband and Napster meant there was no music that you could not aquire and dump into the Minidisc.
I remember my first Minidisc was a hand-me-down from my brother. Basically he went from this:
Or at least this was the model I recall him having. Silver and slim, sounds about right.
Like all pieces of tech, the upgraded model had an additional music controller and better battery life. And it was slimmer! Not very far from how every other piece of tech naturally progresses.
Analog recording on the Minidisc meant minute for minute playback recording. It usually meant prepping a playlist, going to sleep and the disc would be done the next morning.
I even had a Sony Minidisc hifi:
CD player, radio, Minidisc (of course) WITH A REMOTE CONTROL! – Sony was really the Apple of appliances in that era.
While the initial article said that the writer dumped his Minidisc for the CD-R format, I pretty much stuck to the Minidisc format up to the release of that device by Apple. There was just something about the tech that was so alluring. Maybe it was simply the cool feature of being able to label your songs and have it displayed and scrolled on that pathetic screen.
The popular brand for CD-R players was iRiver but it was pretty hard to manage and search for a long when you have an impressive library on a CD-R. Flash based mp3 players existed too but the cost/capacity for such devices were pretty expensive. The Minidisc was a very very sweet spot for portable music.
If you were in band during that time as well, the Minidisc was the go-to device to record concert music. Unfortunately, you had to be frigging damn close to the stage to pick up a good sound. They were mostly found under chairs on stage risking the chance it could get crushed by a shifting chair.
All good things do come to an end, and the slow death of the Minidisc came with the announcement of the iPod.
I got my own iPod in the Christmas of 2001 and that was it for me. Bye Minidisc, thanks for the memories and the tech.