500 megabyte DataPlay Disks stage a comeback

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Anybody remember 2001? DataPlay disks? In 2001/2002 DataPlay
tried to enter the market with a new way to store data, the Dataplay
disk. A disk with a size of app. 3mm x 34mm x…

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It didn’t sell because of the restrictive DRM built into it. The first marketing ideas for it went something like this. Buy the disc then you get it home and only half the content plays, and you may have to pay for it again to get the other half of the content to play. Or you buy it, it works for a week, then doesn’t work anymore and you have to buy it again. Consider 500 meg of DRM hell, or 99 cent CD-rom for 650 meg that has no DRM and you can do whatever you want with it. That’s why it failed before, and that’s why it is doomed to fail again.
[edited by chsbiking on 11.10.2004 15:30]

Double post.
[edited by chsbiking on 11.10.2004 15:29]

…Ditto! chs :X

What’s the point see here http://research.yale.edu/lawmeme/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=318

I still say someone should come out with a MiniDisc drive for the PC. Now that would be cool. If anyone is going to do it its going to be Sony.

I still say someone should come out with a MiniDisc drive for the PC. Now that would be cool. If anyone is going to do it its going to be Sony.
At 120MB capacity they would only compete with the failed LS-120 drives. 500 doesn’t sound too bad. The DRM can ofcourse be controlled so I have no prob with this offering.

The new Hi-MD discs are 1GB. The Hi-MD recorders can also be connected to a PC (via USB) and allow you to save whatever you want on to the blank discs like a floppy disk. :slight_smile:

I remember I was excited when this product was first announced several years ago. The I was dissapointed as all the company seemed to care about was DRM and they ignored the end user who would be the one actually buying the discs. This was a textbook case of extremely poor marketing for a wonderful product.

I guess they could make these CD Freaks article - Toshiba 0.85in HDDs more portable This is the direct link from that article.

Better…

the day Sony comes out with a low-cost minidisc drive for the pc (with decent transfer rates, too) is the day I stop laughing hysterically :slight_smile: We have DVD-RAM, DVD+RW and DVD-RW. Nuff sed.

how about music though? the old netMD recorders were one-way only…

…and, er, aren’t these things write once only? I didn’t realise they had a RW version