There was a time when Minidisc Recorders were tipped for the top. The music industry was changing, and CDs needed a revamp. Over time, disks would get scratched and start to skip. In the early 90s the industry introduced the Minidisc. Whilst it boomed briefly, it was soon overtaken by the MP3 player and many feared the technology would become redundant. However, the uses soon changed and Minidisc Recorders became the solution to many users' storage and recording needs.
A benefit of minidiscs are that they are very small, meaning that the associated technology is also compact. Minidisc Recorders are significantly smaller than a DVD recorder and can be easily stored in the home or workplace. Players are sized to fit in the pocket and their lightweight build makes them less cumbersome than that of their predecessors, the personal CD player. The recording devices are popular among live music tapers, as they offer clear sound without the need for large amounts of equipment. Just a microphone and clear disc will suffice.
The discs are capable of re-recording almost endless times. The technology works similar to that of a computer hard disc which makes deleting and re-recording very simple. Tracks can be split and merged together with track marks. This is a handy function to utilize if the device is being used for transcribing speech or recording live music. Another function which makes minidisc recorders the choice recorder for many people's personal needs is gapless playback, where the listener is not interrupted with a gap or noise at the point where a track break has been inserted. These help when trying to identify and remember a certain point in the recording without necessarily having a physical break in the sound. Minidisc Recorders will usually automatically add a track mark at any point where there is 2 or more seconds of continuous silence.
The music industry is always evolving, and technology has to change at a fast pace to reflect this. Whilst the format of mainstream music is favoring the MP3 player, Minidiscs have found a niche market of consumers who need exactly what its technology offers to the market. Despite many changes over the last ten years which have led the market to the current selection of music recorders, the Minidisc has clung on to devoted users due to the many unique functions it has other players have failed to implement into their own technology.