While rumours have suggested it in the past, it's now official: after years of complete and utter redundancy, Sony is finally killing off the MiniDisc.
Sony has announced that it will ship its last MiniDisc player in March of 2013. The biggest question it raises, of course, is: who the hell is still buying these things? Assuming they're not being piled up in a warehouse for eternity, presumably some poor guy is buying a shiny MiniDisc player, right now, as if it's the Next Big Thing.
Which, just over twenty years ago, it was. Launched all the way back in 1992, the optical format squeezed music into what was then a tiny — and secure — little package. A shame, then, that they were cripplingly expensive — and that barely anyone released music using the format. Despite such trouble, and the dawn of MP3 and iPod, MiniDisc carved out an amazing 21-year life for itself. Rest in peace, MiniDisc. [Ashai via Engadget]
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