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Published on April 15th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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The MiniDisc revival is on. Spare us, please.

Mark Ronson has a new album entitled Late Night Feelings coming in June, a work that will feature appearances by Lykke Li, Angel Olson, Camila Cabello, and Miley Cyrus, among others.

The odd news is that Late Night Feelings will be the first album to be released on five physical formats at the same it. It will be issued on CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-track, and MiniDisc.

Let we forget, the MiniDisc was Sony’s attempt at converting the world from cassettes to a recordable digital media and first appeared in 1992.

For a while in the 90s, it was possible to buy prerecorded MiniDiscs. I think I have a New Order album somewhere around the house. Here’s an example of a Pink Floyd MiniDisc.

The MiniDisc did okay in Japan and the UK, but it was eventually squeezed out by the rise of CD-Rs in the middle 90s. Sony stopped making machines in 2013, but you can still find units for sale on eBay.

Ronson isn’t the only guy to re-embrace the MiniDisc, too.

Great. Can MiniDisc Day be far behind?





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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