You may be too young to remember this, but…
It was Big In Japan, but never widely embraced on the global stage. And ultimately, the MiniDisc was beaten by cheaper CD-Rs, dirt-cheap portable cassette players, early MP3 players, and ultimately, the iPod (among others).
And of course, the CD, the proud driver of a 90s music industry boom and now the last-standing relic of a physical dynasty (with vinyl its nostalgic sidekick.)
And with that, Sony just announced that its last MiniDisc stereo system will be produced next month, with the discs themselves and support continuing for a few years. Other manufacturers will also lend support, including Onkyo. Smaller, portable players were quietly retired by Sony in 2011.
The MiniDisc: September, 1992 – March, 2013.
(pictured: the Sony Net MD Walkman NZ-N707 MiniDisc player/recorder; the Kenwood MDX-JP MD-compatible boombox.)