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MP3 or MiniDisc?

Skipper

TRIBE Member
Mum is asking me which I want for Christmas.
I'm thinking MiniDisc, because I can record my mixes right into it.

But what are the main differences? Which should I tell her? Right now I don't have either, I just have a discman.

Suggestions?!
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
$5 each usually.

Depending on the compression you use, you can hold anywhere from 74 minutes (CD quality) to 4 hours of music on a disc.

Being able to plug it into the back of a mixer and record a set is pretty damn convenient.

My only beef is that the software I have doesn't seem to work very well for uploading music in Win XP. It worked fine for me in 98SE, and I'm sure I just need to download an update or a patch and it should work, but I just haven't done that yet.
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Oh yeah, when I was still on my older Windows, putting music onto minidisc was litterally as easy as putting in the cd, plugging in the minidisc (USB) and clicking go. It would copy over the whole disc including song names n stuff.
 
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dstarr

TRIBE Member
I got a MiniDisc and I really like it.

If you get a Sony NetMD one you can load mp3 into it but you should know that it converts the mp3 to attrac3 which, I figure, is just their own mp3 type of coding and it's closed source so it can only be ready by Sony MD.

It's important to know that you can only load mp3s from your computer to your MD and you can only do it 3 times before you can't do it anymore. I would imagine there are ways around this but I have never been inconvenienced by this. The big thing is that you can only move back to your CPU what came from your cpu in the first place... you see Sony is big against piracy.

When it comes to recording your sets, the MDs are great but you have to record it off your MD to your cpu if you want to burn so if you have an mp3 that can records into mp3 directly, that might be better. But MDs are great for recording your own stuff, imho, because you can record yourself practicing and then you have it... so for me, it's like this: record at night and then listen to it the next day on my way to work, get home and just record over it if I want so it's a convenient learning tool. Because you can only transfer to your cpu using the software what came from it, you can't use the USB cable and just drag and drop to your HD.

I think that extra MD are like 5 a piece.. you can get 10 backs for just over 50 at Future Shop and a 10 pack should do you really well... you'll have a few for your mp3s and a few for sets and I haven't had to buy more discs.

MDs are good if you have friends that have them because then you can toss MDs around and trade them and stuff. But as I say about moving stuff from your MD to cpu you can't transfer what they give you back to your CPU.
 

Jeremy Jive

TRIBE Member
iPod hands down no questions asked never even thought twice about it.

I hate minidisc. Sound quality is ok but the upload and transfer is a giant pain in the ass. Recording a set is nice but having to upload it in realtime to your computer is bogus.

jeremy -love my pod- jive
 

EffinHard

TRIBE Member
I like my mini-dsic
I record my mixes on it all the time.
i just wish there was a "digital" way to convert my mixes to mp3.
 

The Tesseract

TRIBE Member
MD is a little more flexible for what you want to do, but there are still downsides. Since Sony is the only company that makes the format, your options are limited to Aiwa and Sony.

MP3 players can offer similar flexibility, but few can record. Nomad's are good for that function, i dunno what else though.
 

Lurch

TRIBE Member
I got a MD for xmas last year....I love it but sometimes wish I had a MP3 player.

on a side note....this is a cool idea....needs more memory though..



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The Tesseract

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Lurch
I got a MD for xmas last year....I love it but sometimes wish I had a MP3 player.

on a side note....this is a cool idea....needs more memory though..



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:)
 

Skipper

TRIBE Member
Can I only put MP3s on the discs? What about WAV/WMAs?

And what is the difference between a Sony MD and a Net MD?
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by Skipper
Can I only put MP3s on the discs? What about WAV/WMAs?

And what is the difference between a Sony MD and a Net MD?
you can put wav format into is aswell.. it will just take up more space i believe.

sony md and net md are about the same thing... well.. sony has marketed the net md very strongly here in north america but if you read the webpages of their competitors they also have equally, if not better units for sale. Anyways, a net md basically allows you to connect your md to your computer and download mp3's straight off your hardrive into your md...and possibly connect your md to the net by transfering sets from the net straight to your md.. anyways the transfer rate is very fast I believe...and this is its main selling feature.
I would go with an MD...but please do not take my word 'cause I am and MD whore. I love MD's.. I like how cool they look and how thin they are. I don't like mp3's 'cause their design usually looks crappy...except the i-river which is truly a nice design.. but they cost a lot too.
ipod are okay but do research on the battery life 'cause apparently the battery life dies out with each re-charge..but that is only a speculation it isn't a well researched fact. Some people claim that it has happened to them while others in this board say that their ipods are still going strong.
 
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sputnik

TRIBE Member
Something else that you may wish to consider is the fact that most minidisc recorders have mic pre-amps (the sony 505 doesn't), so you can get pretty good field recordings using a mic.

You can't do this yet with ipod (there's a mic attachment, but that's for recording meetings etc. Not music quality, and mono).

cheers,
Paul
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by sputnik
Something else that you may wish to consider is the fact that most minidisc recorders have mic pre-amps (the sony 505 doesn't), so you can get pretty good field recordings using a mic.

You can't do this yet with ipod (there's a mic attachment, but that's for recording meetings etc. Not music quality, and mono).

cheers,
Paul
yeap, can you say: "live set recordings of your favourite dj or favourite band"??


ha ha

p.s.
oh!, and please do not get a sony ...try to look into other brands
sharp makes really good md's with really good sound quality.
even their older models are very good and durable.
 
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Skipper

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Mum is looking at the Sony MZN510.

I figure, this isn't really my call to shop around and decide what I want to spend. It's a gift, and I'm lucky she asked me which I preferred at all....and no matter which model she were to get, it woud be better than my giant discman!
 

Lurker

TRIBE Member
I was just in Future Shop and saw an MP3 player from Creative Labs. Any feedback on this thing? I'd want it for it's large storage, DC power in and line out so I can wire it into my car when my 10 disc changer dies

Paul
 
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Static EQ

TRIBE Member
If you want to do recording get the Minidisc, if you just want to listen to MP3s get an iPod or some regular MP3 player.

If you do go for the Minidisc, you may want to pick up a 3rd party interface that will get you around all of the anti-piracy stuff.

There is one available here, under Product> NetMD I/O.
Its optical.

www.xitel.com
 
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Skipper

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Well, I don't download copyrighted music...it's strictly for live DJ sets which I download, or my own sets which I record.
 
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