100 Best Gadgets Ever: We Got Game

Sony MZ-1 (1992)

Like a cross between a floppy disc and a shrunken CD encased in plastic, MiniDisc might’ve turned out to be a stepping stone between CDs and MP3s but it’s one-mixtape-makers will always remember it fondly for its cassette-thrashing sound quality and recordable versatility. The MZ-1 was its inaugural vessel – a real slab compared to what came in the years after, when the players slimmed down to barely bigger than the disc itself and also allowed you to record directly from a computer. Of course, as soon as the MP3 player emerged MiniDisc’s days were numbered but it lived on in radio production – and our hearts – for some time.

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