The Guardian has just published a punchy little piece charting the rise and fall of the ill-fated MiniDisc. I was always rather enamored by the product design behind the portable players. They were from an era when everything technical and portable was silver or, at a push, blue. They also featured slightly organic shapes with chamfered edges and waved cases. Many sported in-line remote controls with exciting arrays of buttons and knobs.
The MiniDisc was killed when Apple released its first iPod in 2001. The contender from California also embodied an entirely different school of design - it was a blank white canvas which reduced buttons to the bare minimum. Decoration was kept at bay. This would be the look for the naughties and the poor old MiniDisk was left to hang its head in shame.