Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Wikipedia.


a small recordable compact disc


(1) See mini CD.

(2) An earlier 2.5" digital audio disc from Sony that was available in a rewritable magneto-optic (MO) version or as read-only like a music CD. The disc also stored track titles, and although its 140MB capacity was much smaller than a CD, it held 80 minutes of music due to Sony's Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding compression (see ATRAC3).

Introduced in 1992, the MiniDisc Walkman was popular in Japan, but not in the U.S. The MiniDisc MD DATA drive came out a year later for computer storage but never caught on. There were few pre-recorded albums compared to audio tape cassettes, and CD usage was growing exponentially. Walkman production ceased in 2011. See Walkman and magneto-optic disk.

MiniDisc Cartridge
Somewhat popular in Japan, the MiniDisc attracted very few followers in the U.S.
References in periodicals archive ?
Taking MiniDisc to new heights, the MZ-DH10P model is the first Hi-MD(TM) Walkman player with the added benefit of a built-in camera and color LCD screen.
If you have recorded your material to a digital device (such as MiniDisc or DAT) that has a digital output, the digital connectors will give you an uncorrupted transfer of your recording to the computer.
Since the MP3 player introduction, it has taken the lion's share of shelf space, advertising support, and retail sales from the MiniDisc player.
With this new MiniDisc bundle, consumers are getting the best way to digitally record audio at home and take it on the go," Viken said.
Sony, which doles out an average of $400 million a year on advertising worldwide, said it is spending on MiniDisc alone the equivalent of 10 to 13 percent of what the entire U.
Outstanding benefits of this new model include its ability to play MiniDiscs recorded at home.
The new campaign more directly tells the consumer what the format is" -- a portable, digital medium with which to record CDs, said Linda Vuolo, MiniDisc marketing manager.
MiniDisc combined with speech recognition technology for professional users comes to market.
The unit has two LCD displays: one for the digital tuner and one for MiniDisc operations.
packaging and promotions on 60- and 74-minute recordable MiniDiscs media
is the theme of the advertising campaign, which offers the MiniDisc as a way of protecting your CD collection: Tape your CDs onto the rugged MiniDisc; that way, you can leave your CDs at home when you're on the go.
Sharp is offering two MiniDisc personal portable units, a recordable MiniDisc component, and its first MD home system with digital recordability and a built-in CD player.