This is one more look at a consumer-oriented music playback device that died on the vine. For a short window in the 90s, it looked like Sony’s Minidisc was really going to be a thing. A Minidisc was an optical recording and playback device that could hold up to 80 minutes of digital music. The disc was in a case that looked something like an old computer floppy disc which you shoved into a device that looked like a portable CD player. Sony wanted us to believe that this was the next evolution of the CD and even began selling pre-recorded Minidiscs in record stores. Japan took to the new format rather quickly. But the rest of the world? Not so much. Then along came digital players like the iPod, killing off the need for hauling around discs wherever you went. Sony hung on to the technology for probably a lot longer than they should, finally retiring the Minidisc from production in the spring of 2013.