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4 Storage Formats That Didn’t Survive

We mine the relics of technological evolution

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Minidisc 185In the early ’90s, cassette tapes were gasping for their final breaths, which meant companies like Sony were busy trying to create a successor.

The Sony MiniDisc looked like the technological love-child of CDs and floppy discs — a 3-inch optical disc housed inside a transparent rectangular case. Despite the smaller size, the format was still able to hold up to 80 minutes of music.

But the MiniDisc never really overcame the ubiquity of the CD, at least in American markets. Despite its lack of success, the format proved remarkably resilient in the face of CDs and MP3s — Sony shipped the last players in March of this year.

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