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21 Struggles Everyone Who Had A MiniDisc Player Will Understand

RIP, format of the future.

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1. Basically no one sold actual albums on MiniDiscs. Just blank ones.

2. Well, except for Radiohead, because Radiohead are weird. Oh, and Greenday's Dookie, for some reason.

3. The blank ones meant you had to record everything onto them, however.

4. But even though they felt more hi-tech, you still had to manually record everything onto it.

5. Which meant starting a CD, and then wandering off for an hour while it recorded.

6. Or staying nearby, and trying to remember not to pause it. Or skip a track midway through. Or touch the volume.

7. If you wanted to add a title or an artist name, you used a series of a million clicks and twists on a knob.

Or possibly, two scroll buttons. Either way, it took fucking forever.
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Or possibly, two scroll buttons. Either way, it took fucking forever.

8. Some of them even had optical ins for that extra-fine sound quality.

Of course, most this you were trying to record from didn't have an optical out, but it was a nice idea.
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Of course, most this you were trying to record from didn't have an optical out, but it was a nice idea.

9. It just really felt like you should be able to digitally transfer a playlist, and yet you were stuck doing basically the exact same technology that your parents did to make mixtapes.

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10. You couldn't record more than 74 minutes on a single disc, so you never heard the last song of a long album.

11. The tiny plastic cases should have been easier to handle that CD cases, but they were actually just easier to lose.

12. Same for the discs themselves, which were remarkably easy to drop down the side of things.

13. And despite being *mini* they somehow took up so much space.

14. Though they were probably easier to make look cool.

15. It was more or less impossible to get any accessories.

16. The biggest problem with analogue recording was that it didn't pick up track markings, meaning the manual version led to one long track.

17. Though you could split it into tracks later on. As you listened. And manually split each track.

18. The mp3 MD format oh-so-briefly meant maybe it could be the format of the future. But it wasn't.

19. Everyone failed to understand the value of a non-scratchable CD, unfortunately.

20. Well, at least you weren't one of the people who were so, so convinced that MiniDisc was the future, they got a car stereo with it.

21. Because worst of all, WORST OF ALL, right when it seemed that they were going to be a thing, mp3 players came along and put a bullet in the back of the MiniDisc players' head.

RIP MiniDisc.
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RIP MiniDisc.