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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.
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A recording device (such as a cassette, MiniDisc or DAT).
It's taken me two years to put my entire music collection on to 250 minidiscs.
So I thought - having been recently acquainted with the theory of time management - that I should use the time wisely and transfer my chosen albums of the week to minidisc so I could listen to them in the car.
To meet the demands of the more than 20 million Americans currently downloading music from the Internet, Sony Electronics has launched the first portable MiniDisc player/recorder with Digital PCLink.
The Minidiscs themselves are actually like a tiny hard drive and look somewhat like a really, really small Syquest removable drive.
Until 1996, the entire production of recordable minidiscs came from Japanese manufacturers.
But MiniDisc pioneers Sony admit the system was launched while the public were confused by rival formats DCC and DAT.
LAS VEGAS-Longtime MiniDisc advocate Sony Electronics introduced its latest wave of portable MiniDisc players and recorders at last week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Additionally, recordable MiniDiscs have become more affordable with suggested retail prices starting at $4.
MUSIC MACHINE: For music hobbyists and would-be recording stars, Los Angeles-based Fostex Corporation of America has released a universal compact disc recorder that can take input from cassettes, hard disks, minidiscs and digital audio tape, and turn it into genuine, playable compact discs.
The IEC has a history of creating very successful international standards for the multimedia field, from audio cassette tapes in the 1970s, to CDs in the 1980s and minidiscs in the 1990s.
To go along with the new portable MiniDisc units, Maxell has introduced a Hip Pack belt unit that holds a player, up to six MiniDiscs, a power adapter and personal items, for a suggested retail price of $9.