You know, i've been using lots of different audio equipment over the years but i still love the MiniDisc. Why? Because i love the colorful little discs, the recording function, the possibility of doing your own mixes and storing them like regular albums or tapes. It's a lot sexier than juggling with digital files all the time. And i still think that ATRAC sounds heaps better than MP3 and company.
I also still enjoy doing my fieldrecordings with this little MD walkman and my stereo electret condenser mic. The soundquality of the DA/AD converters are awesome and ATRAC even allows 16, 20 or 24 bit recordings while MP3 and other lossy formats are bound to 16 bit only.
But now.. in 2013 and after Sony announced to stop producing MD walkmans.. it seems they have also stoped the production of blank discs as well, even thou it was said there will be supply of new blank MDs and repair service for already sold MD decks and walkmen. From one moment to the other i cannot get new blank MDs anywhere anymore.. The shelves are empty and there are not even rest posts being sold. At the same time the prices of remaining blank MDs and even used MDs on ebay and amazon are rising and EXPLODING!! It's insane and complete madness and it really pisses me off. I wonder if this is really only in germany or anywhere else?
And how's the situation in japan? I bet you can still get them there. But i don't know any japanese store that sells and ships them to germany. Are we MiniDisc users doomed to pay 40+ Euros for a handfull of used MDs? Are they really becoming a little fortune? I don't think it's an obsolete format. It has aged very well and shows even today what an awesome concept of a digital audio medium it is.