Minidisc technology is more easy to cary than CD. Due to its size, you can easily put it in your pocket to do jogging. Much more difficule with CD formats... That's my first point of interest.
But I travel a lot, and I already have a "CD-Radio" in my car (don't know the word in english!). When I hear music in other countries, In my car, I connect my laptop to the output of my radio to record music. Then back to home, I send all songs to my PC and then burn then on CD.
The great interest with minidisc is that you can record music with many sources: Analogic,Optical,USB. BUT no way to sent them back to my PC with DIGITAL QUALITY.
Now that we entered in the world of all numeric, with DVD in example, I'm looking fo something to keep the best quality for my personal records.
Converting datas from analogic to digital (Radio-MD) then digital to analogic then analogic to digital (MD-analog cable-PC). As you know,this is not so good to keep best quality.
If DI-Output was working, I would only have analogic to digital conversion between my radio to my PC. Much more interesting...
2 month ago, when I saw new minidiscs players with USB link, I thought it was that I needed. But before buying one, I tryied to get informations on the net, and big problem: DI-O is not possible.
So I will continue to do as before: with my laptop in my car...
Now that you can buy MP3 players with USB link so DIGITAL IN-OUT, I think Sony MD would be much more interesting than MP3 because sound quality is much better. But at the moment, MP3 is one step before MD, because you can do all you want with link to PC.
OK, MD is a little bit expensive, but when I will see that it's posible to store my music to my computer, I will buy one MD in a couple of days. (In french: J'en ai révé, sony l'a fait) So,please do it.
I continue seeking for news about that...