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Sony to end production of MiniDisc stereo system in March

  • Sony announced on Friday it is to end production of its MiniDisc stereo next month.

    The format, which it launched in 1992, only ever had limited success outside of Japan.

    It was overshadowed by the rise of recordable CDs and MP3 players.

    Sony saw MiniDisc as a higher quality digital replacement for cassettes.

    Data was stored on rewritable magneto-optical disks measuring 2.5 inches in diameter and protected by a square plastic shell.

    According to Sony, recordings would be safe for more than 30 years without risk of damage.

    However, experiments by users revealed that holding magnets close to the disks would wipe out their recordings.

    The original MiniDisc machines cost $750 while a playback-only version cost $549 following their launch in the United States in December 1992.

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