RE: NTLK Other - MP3 players

Date: Thu Dec 02 1999 - 17:29:27 EST

On Thu, 2 Dec 1999 wrote:
> > Not sure this would work. They both use a compression algorithm:
> > MP3 (MPEG layer 3?)
> > MiniDisc (ATRAC?)
> > Could you 'double compress'? I don't think so, but I could be wrong.
> I think he meant putting MP3 files on MD-Data discs. MD-Data was a
> short-lived (read: now discontinued and unsupported) format that allowed
> you to use MD media as data devices. Each disk stored about 100MB of data
> (same as a ZIP disk). But, there was never a portable MD-data drive. It
> would probably be technically feasible to ripa MD transport out of a MD
> player and hack it up to read data, but this would be *very* involved.

MD-Data has a raw size of 140MB. There most definitely _was_ a portable
MD-data drive; in fact, the portable drive was the most common and widely
used drive. The drive that I have (bought used) is about the same size
as, say, an MZ-R3 - an older minidisc unit. It has a built-in lithium ion
rechargeable battery, and a SCSI interface. It would be potentially
useful for storing MP3s for portable use, perhaps. But, really, high
density minidisc with 600MB of storage would be _perfect_ for that IMHO.

They do have video MD recorders now; 20 minutes on a high density disk.
You can edit it in a fully non-linear way, rearranging clips at will.
Looks interesting, but it's rather expensive...

And now back to the topic...

Streaming mp3s from my Newotn would be great in classes with ethernet.


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