I looked after the retail launch of MiniDisc (MD) in the UK. I still have, and occasionally use, MiniDisc equipment. Sony announcing that they are to discontinue MD is really no great surprise but it did bring back some great memories; our retail launch took us around nightclubs the length and breadth of the country!
Sony has announced it is to deliver its last MiniDisc stereo next month. It marks an end to the firm’s support for the system which it launched in 1992. The format only ever had limited success outside of Japan and was ultimately doomed by the rise of recordable CDs and MP3 players.