It remains a shining piece of technology, however, proof that moving parts doesn’t have to mean battery drain within 8 hours, and the quality of the recording and playback is far superior to MP3.
The result is a fondly remembered format that was ideal for recording live music and listening to it again later on, something not easily achievable (or indeed desirable if you have any concept of mobile phone security) with a modern media player/smartphone.
Back when I bought the Mini Disc player, I stored each Led Zeppelin CD album across 4 Mini Discs, using some useful compression called MDLP.
Not ideal and not quite as good as the original CDs, but still superior to MP3. Mini Discs still playback data with no issues, unlike CD-R discs from around the same time.
It is recorded in the Historical Classic of China that at that time the astrologers Hi and Ho neglected their duties so that when, on the 10th of October, there was a great eclipse of the Sun at Peking between seven and nine o’clock in the morning, the people were wholly unprepared for it, and “ran about here and there in the utmost consternation.” For this offence Hi and Ho were deprived of their offices, their estates were confiscated and they were driven from the kingdom.
Among the Hindus we have the classical writers Garga, Parashara, and Mihira, together with their legions of commentators.
In fact, if you were lucky enough to own a Mini Disc player and a collection of small, handy discs (which were encased in plastic) then the chances are that you still have either the player, discs or both. Probably because you realized at the time how useful and portable the format and the players/recorders were. Christian is a regular contributor to print publications such as Linux User & Developer, as well as a number of specials: Raspberry Pi for Beginners, Expert Android, The i Pad Book Vol 6, Word Press…What is known regarding planetary action in human life is known with great certainty, and the effects of one planet can never be confounded with those of another.Incomplete as it must needs be, it is yet a veritable science both as to its principles and practice.I’m sure I’m not alone in having attempted to play an old disc only to find holes in the reflective surface and small green/brown patches where the media has been attacked by fungus.No such problems trouble Mini Disc – sure, a good dose of magnetism might cause problems, but there is no sign of anything eating my music!Sadly there isn’t an awful lot you can do with a Sony Mini Disc player in 2012.