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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.
NEW YORK -- After nearly a decade of false starts, the minidisc format may be ready to grow into a truly mass market alternative to the audiocassette and compact disc.
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.
While the audio minidisc was originally launched in 1994, the first generation of products came with no recording ability, but that situation changed two years ago when a recordable minidisc reached the market.
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.
Tibensky pointed out that a year ago, prices on blank MiniDiscs were about double their current price of $3.
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.