vinnie97 wrote:The only widespread successful one has been CD
Yeah you're right, the floppy disk totally bombed. It's not like it's the single longest running digital recording format or anything
Oh, FFS, floppy was indeed vital at one time but it's hardly more than a footnote today.
Don't forget Pioneer and Panasonic also had a lot of involvement in the CD format. Wouldn't it be nice to see those same 4 companies take a leading role in a new recordable format? They could make a disc association.... like say, the Blu-Ray Disc Association.... hey wait a minute...
lol, I admit they have done their part in getting the recordable part down pat, leaving Toshiba in the dust. With Sony hardware accounting for the majority of all Blu-ray sales, however, it's difficult to acknowledge those other CEs' more hidden roles in the format.
The problem with MiniDisc is that people though it was supposed to be a replacement for CDs... when actually it was supposed to be a compact high quality recording medium. It was great for what it was meant for, but most people in North America didn't really have a need for it really I don't think. Personally, I never much cared for it.
Can't believe I'm about to say this....but what's there not to care for, especially today? PCM recording, on-the-fly editing and lossless transfers back and forth from a computer, not to mention encased discs with 1GB capacity. Granted, it was much more crippled through the 90s when it mattered the most but I am fiending a new portable
(too bad about the price) since the death of my old Sharp.
I know, UMD is a joke, just like all those cartridge formats that Nintendo and Sega used on their game consoles way back when. Why game consoles like to use their own media formats to attempt to prevent game piracy is beyond me. And goodness knows that we don't see people buying popular TV shows on SNES cartridges to play on their SNES cartridge player for their home theatre system. Those formats were dead from day 1!! So lame.
I think you're being sarcastic here...but UMD being pushed as a movie format is where the real joke is, when one can simply convert a DVD and put it on the PSP itself or an appropriate memory card.
I gotta admit, I do hate it when a single hardware supplier tries to shove proprietary technology down our throats *coughtoshibacough*, I have to deal with it myself with Fuji's XD format (which is significantly worse then Memory Stick in my opinion). The only bright thing I can say about Memory Stick, is that Sony has the hardware support to at least make Memory Stick compatible in many areas, including cameras, MP3 players, cell phones, DVD players, PS3's, PSP's, laptops, and even some TV's I believe now come with card readers. Still, I don't disagree with you on this one at all, SD and CompactFlash were more then adequate for most needs.
I disagree with the Toshiba dig...those combo discs play in all DVD players, imagine that. It would seem Toshiba did back the right horse in 1993, with Pioneer, Hitachi, Matsushita, Mitsubishi and even Time Warner (HD DVD is built upon this technology after all)...I suppose I should even give Sony credit for backing away from their own competing proprietary format (a first) and compromising with the rest of the clan. Toshiba had earned bragging rights with the ultimate success of DVD, so I can understand their pride and singular push of HD DVD. I have no doubt Sony would have behaved similarly in the pre DVD era had Betamax been a resounding mass market success.
Can't really disagree here. But again, Java is more versatile. It's a trade off basically. I don't mind the loading times, but I can understand those who do. I don't have any personal problem with HDi though. Even though it comes from a company I thouroughly detest.
Just like the king of the Blu-ray format is a CO I thoroughly detest. Now that they have a vertical market advantage in every aspect of next gen motion picture entertainment (from the IP rights down to disc replication), we'll see just how much of a pariah they can be.