Since Minidisc is a digital format, isn there a Minidisc drive that can be connected to a computer for direct transfers of audio between PC and MD?
For transfers from the PC to Minidisc, Sony has introduced NetMD, a feature that allows high speed downloading of compressed audio over USB. But it is a one way trip, once downloaded the audio data on Minidisc is no longer accessible from the PC as data, it can only be “accessed” by playing it back as music. As for direct transfers from Minidisc to PC, such a capability would be great! (And a petition was sent to Sony asking them to add it.) Unfortunately Minidisc was designed with a so-called “audio/data firewall” that prevents the ATRAC audio data on MDs from being accessed directly by computer. This was done to comply with Recording Industry concerns over music piracy. (The fact that Sony has introduced the Digital Relay CRX10U-A2 [a portable MP3/audio CD player that is fully USB connectable for seamless audio/data transport to/from PC] is an irony due to the CD’s grandfathered status as a computer peripheral that appeared before the Home Recording Rights Act [a law that impedes con
• Can Minidisc carry MP3’s or other computer music formats? • But can I use Minidiscs to hold actual MP3 or other computer files? • How do you record music from the radio? • Can MD connect to a cassette or deck in any way? • I’m still confused, can you just tell me what cables I need? • What are some other things MD records from? • Enough about recording to MD… can I record from MD unit to my computer (or another audio device)? • Can all things be done on a portable Minidisc recorder that can be done on a larger Minidisc deck? • What’s the difference between a player and a recorder? • Has a portable MD unit ever been released that has a built-in AM/FM tuner? • I’ve heard rumors that Minidiscs are on their way out… is MD a sinking ship? • What’s the difference between an MD and the 3-inch CD-Rs used in the Sony CD1000 digital camera? Sony sold a digital camera in Japan in 1998 called the Cybershot DSC-MD1 that recorded images to an MD. What is the difference between that technology