One from the ‘like, they still made those?’ files, and Sony has confirmed it is stopping the production of MiniDisc stereo systems this spring. And while it will continue to make actual MiniDiscs, with the tech giant having already stopped producing portable MiniDisc players in 2011, that’s basically the beginning of the end of the briefly buzzy 1990s better-than-CD-honest data-storage device whatnot.
We’d include a quote from someone still using MiniDiscs, but after a brief search of the world, we couldn’t find anyone. Though now that they are officially being phased out, a Shoreditch-based MiniDisc revival seems inevitable (after all, the slightly exaggerated cassette revival followed the news that Sony was ceasing the manufacture of the old-school Walkman in the US). We’ll keep an eye out for it and let you know.