Sony Bids Farewell to MiniDisk Walkman Players

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony plans to put an end to its iconic MiniDisk Walkman line in September.

Announced more than 19 years ago in 1992, the players were heralded as the next big thing, poised to replace the Walkman cassette player. The company set the sun on the cassette Walkman last year. As of March 2011, the company has sold more than 22 million units of Walkman MD Player.

The device was designed to play mini-discs, a smaller version of the regular CDs which was created by Sony and Phillips. The MD, which was 6.4 cm in diameter was not so popular in the US market but was a hit in Japan and other markets.

Ironically, Sony will continue to manufacturer MDs as they are used for storage, but that too will be discontinued by the end of next year. As MP3 and the iPod destroyed the cassette and MD players, cloud and disk storage might soon wipe out CD storage as well.

The MD Player, which will be available in the store till the stock lasts, was designed to fit in one’s pocket and was ideal for a commute as it was lighter and smaller than the odd cassette and CD player.