Developed by Sony in the early 1990s, the minidisc was a small device for storing digital data.
Minidiscs could be easily recorded onto and were adopted by many studios as their first choice in mastering. The rise of inexpensive recordable CDs and compact flash memory soon made these formats grow in popularity amongst consumers. This led to a decline in the use of Minidiscs.
Commercial albums were initially released on minidisc although by that stage, CDs had a large share of the digital music market.