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Long live the MD!

Sony has released yet another interesting use of the MD (mini disc). perhaps the MD is not yet dead. i remember about 6 years ago when MDs were the next cassettes. many of my CD's were ripped into this format and with compression more music could be put onto one disc. then along came MP3's and music was now downloadable. i do not agree with this method of aquiring music and myself don't have any tracks which are downloaded illegally, but nevertheless people have nearly turned the cassette and MD obsolete in time. Now along come the Hi MD, where they store up to 1GB of files and plays straight from the USB connected player/writer. This is definitely handy as most CD writers are large and cumbersome, while flash media has limited storage. MD's are no larger than the current UMDs for PSP, in otherwords, they are about the size of a flat cookie, highly portable. With the normal MD's around 300MB could be stored on it. the player is (W)86.0×(H)22.9×(D)79.3[mm] and the Hi MD transfers at over 9.8Mps while the regualr MD's transfer at 4.37Mps. now, whether it will pick up as the next media for portable storage will remain to be seen, but it has potential and the idea is there. unfortunately most of the world does not have MD's while Japan and some of asia use it religiously. [equipbug]


for those who read Japanese, check it out: http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200504/05-0413/
photo courtesy of www.sony.jp
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