Sony MiniDisc: The (Not) Forgotten Audio Format That (Never) Failed

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This Does Not Compute

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Shared June 4, 2021

By the early 1990s, the humble compact cassette was starting to show its age. Electronics giant Sony developed what it believed to be the best successor to tape -- but so did a former business partner.

Special thanks to: Viewer Asaf for loaning several MiniDisc portables and accessories; V-Sync Co. Ltd. for providing archival photos; and to fellow YouTubers LGR, Geek Therapy Radio and Computer Clan for video clips.

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