Originally Posted by McCol
I have gone back to minidisc.....
I await the ridicule!!
I don't think it's all that ridiculous. I used to have a full size Sony MD deck, a recording MD Walkman and a home portable Sony ZS-M50 CD/MD/Radio. I no longer have the Walkman or the Hi-Fi component but still have the ZS-M50. The ATRAC compression at the time I bought the stuff (different bits between 1999 and 2003 I think) was massively better than mp3, it integrated easily into existing home audio and it was affordable.
I never use the MD function of my player now but out of curiosity I just tried it out. The ATRAC compression does still seem quite good though making copies is slow and adding CD-Text type metadata is possible but incredibly tedious. This is an old player and subsequent kit had improved ATRAC compression and easier labelling. I think after I bought a full size deck I never recorded on the portable again.
I would have two major reservations about returning to MD:
The first is the discs themselves don't always last a long time. I spent quite a long period abroad and put my possessions in storage. My MD Walkman had been stolen so I used an iRiver mp3 player while away. When I got home and took my MD players and discs out of storage I found that a lot of the discs had drop outs and noise and some just didn't play. I had a mix of Sony, TDK, Maxell and Traxdata discs. The discs worked OK again after being erased but I realised that this is not a good storage medium.
The second reservation is that the copy protection is incredibly annoying such that simply moving data around is often impossible.