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Sony kills the MiniDisc Walkman (which most thought was dead already)

Remember the MiniDisc Walkman? Probably not - which is why Sony is discontinuing shipments of the device - 19 years after it was first introduced.
Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor on

In my life I've learned of exactly one person who has owned a MiniDisc Walkman. This was in 2009, and I was tasked with finding someone interested in buying the unpopular little device and its accessories. It never happened. But that may be a good thing, considering that the MiniDisc Walkman may soon be a collector's item.

Citing shrinking demand, Sony is discontinuing shipments of the MiniDisc Walkman - nineteen years after introducing the device to Japan. This comes a year after Sony did the same thing for the Casette-based Walkman that many grew up on. Both moves are funny mostly because they came years and years after most people had already moved on to formats like the compact disc and, more recently, MP3.

MiniDiscs at their peak were able to store up to 80 minutes of audio. My, how things have changed. The MiniDisc Walkman may have never risen to the same level of success as its cassette and CD-based brethren, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it for what it was: a piece of technology history.

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