MiniDisc rant

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I've liked MiniDisc for a long time. The sound quality of ATRAC is superior to even LAME-encoded mp3s in just about every way, enough so that it might even be worth the hassle of carrying and switching between multiple discs instead of storing all my music on a single hard drive. The 1GB capacity of the new MiniDiscs is enticing as well; it's hard to beat the 1cent/MB price point that Hi-MDs have, as far as removable/expandable storage is concerned anyway. So why the hell did Sony burden their new Hi-MD players with a shitty USB1.1 connection? How could anybody justify transferring data a gigabyte at a time at such a slow speed? Are they stupid or do they just not care that they're stabbing themselves in the balls with this decision?
     
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    its mini-disc... it's not worth having usb2 because no one besides you uses it :mamoru:
     
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    And yet, USB2.0 would make it more usable for me.

    Mostly what I'm looking for is info about whether there's some other hardware limitation that would prevent data from transferring faster than USB1.1 can handle.
     
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    I did a quick search and slow transfer speed as a technological limitation is listed -- but unfortunatly, they don't list an actual max-theoretical transfer speed. They list "32x" but don't give a baseline of what 1x is.
     
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    A 74-minute MiniDisc holds 170MB...so, 1x would be 39KB/s, meaning that 32x is 1.22MB/s. God damn it. Some dual-use medium that turned out to be.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well 1.1 is what, 12mbs? That's 720mb per minute.
    Maybe the technology doesn't allow for faster transfer
    rates than that.
    I'm guessing that's why Sony made that decision.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The bummer thing about discs though, is that hard drives get cheaper and smaller all the time, but the discs don't come down in price much.
    And the portable pod type units already can hold quite a bit of
    high sample rate material.
    Heck, a 30gb iPod could hold a couple of hundred uncompressed songs.
     
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    iPod > MD player, yes.

    and USB is 12Mbps which is only 1.5MB/s which is only 90MB/min.
     
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    The difference here, Emmet, is that "Mb" is megabit and "MB" is megabyte, in case you were unaware.

    I despise iPods. I do have an Archos GMini, though, which I much prefer because it does away with any sort of data/mp3 partitioning or digital rights management. It's my damn music, I'll do what I want with it.
     
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    i hated the ipods, as well. However, I bought a nano and love it.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yep. I didn't know that.
    It's about time you kids taught me something!:rofl:
     

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