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    MiniDiscs and Linux
    by techgod on Monday, February 11 @ 07:23:04 GMT

    Is there any way to encode data through the soundcard to store it on a MiniDisc player/recorder? Today I was watching a movie here in Denmark, and noticed that when two computer guys traded data, they exchanged a MiniDisc. I realized, that in The Matrix, they also used a MiniDisc. When I lived in the U.S. MiniDiscs just were not that popular. I remember a brief flirtation with Data MiniDisc drives, but it seemed they were too expensive. Now, I live in Denmark, and Audio MiniDiscs are a little more common place. I chose one because, at the time, it was cheaper than an MP3 player. After, seeing the shows/movies where MDs were used, I’m guessing that some companies are still trying to push the technology. So, I searched the net for MD data drives. It seems that only the old ones are around, and the projects have been shelved by most companies.

    Then I started to think back to my old TI-99-4a days. Back then, you saved your programs to a cassette tape. So, why can’t we do this today with MDs? I’m sure the compression might not be there, but as long as it’s bigger than a floppy, I would be willing to use it.

    So I ask you guys, are there any projects or other ways to encode data through the soundcard to store it on a minidisc player/recorder?

    DanielS: Sony sells data MD drives in their VAIO desktop line – one of my friends has a data MD drive. They’re extremely rare though, and I haven’t been able to find one. I assume this is because the ATRAC3 compression is quite lossy, so you probably wouldn’t use it for data; I doubt the data MDs have a huge capacity. I’d love to see data MDs supported under Linux; my MZ-R900 is my baby. On the computer connectivity side, one Debian developer is working on Linux support for interfacing with the remote section of the MZ-R900; don’t know how far he is. Read the full story.


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