When first released, the MiniDisc Walkman was one of the smallest personal music devices available. The MiniDisc was first introduced in 1992, more than a decade after the first cassette Walkman became available.
The Sony MiniDisc walkman was smaller than a CD
The emergence of the MP3 player in 1998 caused the MiniDisc to rapidly decline in popularity. On July 7 2011, Sony announced that it would stop shipping the MiniDisc Walkman, effectively killing the format.
The fact that this once iconic music player has been shelved is a sign of the times. Everything is becoming touchscreen; music players are becoming increasingly more compact. You don’t need to store your music on disks anymore; thousands of songs can be stored far more easily online. When the MiniDisc arrived it was the market leader. It was only a few short years before it was discontinued. Which leaves us wondering; what will replace the iPod?