The compact disc has been around for more than 30 years and although it’s giving way to digital downloads and streaming music services, it’s been a pretty tough customer, resisting and rebuffing all kinds of assassination attempts by other wannabe recorded music formats. In the era of the MP3 player, there have been a variety of memory cards that were supposed to catch on in place of CDs but never did.
In October 1998, Sony introduced a flash memory card they called the “Memory Stick.” It was about the size and thickness of an old-style stick of chewing gum. The bad news is that it only worked in Sony equipment. Then other people got on the bandwagon and started releasing memory cards of different sizes and capacities. This only confused things and the CD was once again safe. More on CD assassination attempts next time.