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Minidisc Killer

Use 8 cm CDRWs to record MP3/WMA
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It looks like 8 cm CDs are showing up in more and more places. I've seen CDRs in stores, but where are the 8 cm CDRWs?

It would be really cool if someone came out with a device that could record MP3 or WMA audio in real time on an 8 cm CDRW. Same size as a minidisc, but you could actually copy your recordings back to your computer for digital editing. You could also burn your own 8 cm MP3/WMA CDRs on a computer and play it back on the device too.

There are a few companies that make MP3 players for 8 cm CDs, like NAPA (http://www.amaxhk.com/products/napa/mcd380/mcd380n.htm). This should now be taken a step further so that you can do recordings too.

Jedi, Aug 08 2001

Does the minidisc need killing? http://news.bbc.co....1478000/1478158.stm
It seems to be dying of its own accord, as a pre-recorded format at least [-alx, Aug 08 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

... like NAPA ... http://www.amaxhk.c.../mcd380/mcd380n.htm
(Jedi, use [link] to add links to an article - they're easier to layout that way.) [jutta, Aug 08 2001]


       As well as 8 cm CDRWs, why not have 12 minute cassettes, and 310 Kb floppy disks? I'm sure I'm missing something here.
angel, Aug 08 2001

       Angel, I think Jedi means recording sound to disc the same way a minidisc recorder works, but instead using a smaller CD and converting the sound to mp3/WMA format. Because of the compression systems in place, an 8cm CD will still fit a good six or so hours of sound encoded at CD quality.
mrkillboy, Aug 08 2001

       Yes, I get that bit, but he (?) seems to want to copy onto a 8 cm CDRW, transfer to computer, edit, then burn onto 8 cm CDR. I can see the benefit of the last part, but where's the need for smaller-capacity *re-writable* media?
angel, Aug 08 2001

       Angel: 12 minute cassettes and ~310 Kb floppy disks were Baked, and then disposed of many years ago, for good reason :)
Pallex, Aug 08 2001

       [Pallex] But what other media are so convenient for storing ZX Spectrum games on?
-alx, Aug 08 2001

       Yeah, that's what I'm saying. You copy someone's 40-minute vinyl LP onto a 40-minute reel-to-reel tape, then run off a copy onto a 40-minute cassette that you keep in the car (pretend that cassettes are write once read many). Then you want to copy someone's 3-minute single, so do you need shorter reel-to-reel tapes?
angel, Aug 08 2001

       alx- "But what other media are"...   

       Are?? If you`d said `were`, i`d have let it lie; its hard disks all the way, nowadays!   

       ( Or online, from ftp://ftp.void.jump.org/pub/sinclair/ )
Pallex, Aug 08 2001

       I'll stick with 180 minute cassettes made from the tape inside 4 90 minute microcassettes.
Amishman35, Aug 29 2001

       Actually I have some 8cm CDRW's I use to transport files back and forth to work. I got them at a computer show- they're made by CDRMarket, they have a website but it doesn't list the CDRW's. I imagine if you email them they could give you a quote.
frogsfriend, Aug 30 2001

       Why WMA's? Who need to carry around a lousy proprietary format?
BladeDanger, Aug 30 2001

       Get a 78 recorder and a gramophone. That way you can play game tunes without electricity.
Amishman35, Dec 21 2001

       [Amishman], you have a one-track mind.
cp, Dec 21 2001

       I get what you are saying here, and I want one. Portable recording to mini-CD, how hard is that to understand people? I've actually spent some time hunting the web for one, and the nearest baked item I can come up with is a USB external burner that uses mini-CDs and also functions as a portable CD audio player with MP3 decoding. Still, it doesn't do standalone recording, so I'm leaning towards one of the hard disc based units, like the Archos Jukebox.
BunsenHoneydew, Jan 18 2003

       //Then you want to copy someone's 3-minute single, so do you need shorter reel-to-reel tapes?//   

       8cm CD's are somewhat smaller than larger ones, and some players will only handle the smaller format.
supercat, Jan 18 2003


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