August 18, 2002
Sony NetMD upload petition sent with 2000 signatures

The Sony NetMD MiniDisc players are great & cool - it's brilliant to be able to rip CDs right onto the MiniDisc and to convert MP3s directly. However, it's a one way process and it's being protected by the currently unhacked "OpenMG" protocol.

Sony supplies it's own software called OpenMG Jukebox, but it has a complex system of checking in and checking out files; each check-in and check-out limited to max 3 "outstanding" files at a time...

There are loads of legitimate purposes for recording using the MiniDisc technology and wishing to upload the recordings to the PC afterwards, and recently a petition with over 2000 signatures was sent to Sony. The proposal for modifying the NetMD technology is available here.

It would definitely be better if this option was provided by Sony directly instead of various hackers currently attacking the technology... (Unfortunately, this hack was just an April's Fool joke)

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yes to upload!!!!!!

Posted by: belett on October 10, 2002 11:26 AM

The above company claims to have developed hardware and software to do exactly what md users want, to record back and forth between the md and pc. Has anyone checked them out??

Posted by: phil on November 17, 2002 02:06 PM

existe il un crack efficace permettant d'importer le format sony "atrac" vers son pc?
Si oui ou le trouver

Posted by: arnooood on January 2, 2003 09:47 PM

Mironics only sells a product that plugs into a parallel port and remote-controls the MD; still no audio upload over USB.

Posted by: jsl on February 14, 2003 08:46 PM

Can anyone tell me if it's possible for me to copy MD 707 live recordings which I made of my band to my computer, edit them and then copy them back to MD.

Posted by: graham on March 16, 2003 09:31 PM

Best way ,for now on ,to get your MD content on your PC with minimum data loss would be to buy a soundcard equipped with an optical input port.If you dont have this type of gear you can still record via the "mic/line in" port that every soundcard (of I know) have.But keep in mind that the quality you'll obtain by line in will depend on the quality of your sound card.In fact about all consumers soundcards are equipped with a poor recording circuit so you wont have a good quality with a soundblaster (except audigy) and will prefer a pro card.
Hope that help, either way you choose keep an eye on sound level saturations and dont hesitate to record on your PC (with a software like soundforge for exemple) at a low level and use normalisation

Posted by: dj-nsa on May 16, 2003 10:24 PM

What a joke. Not only are they preventing uploading but they've deliberately slowed down the transfer rate so they can continuously bring out "faster" players.

Like they don't make enough money already!?

Posted by: Brent on June 20, 2003 12:04 PM

I didnt know about Sony forcing there Nazi rules on me before I bought this thing! I PAY for my music. Since Sony doesn't trust me and puts shakles on my legitimate goods, I will NEVER PAY for a SONY hardware product ever again!

Posted by: W Heinz on January 27, 2004 06:22 AM

This just makes me sick. I have spent thousands of dollars on Sony products. Currently I have:

- VAIO Laptop
- VAIO desktop
- Mini-DV camcorder
- Minidisc MZ-N707
- mp3 player
- Minidisc MDMX4 4 track
- Digital camera

BUT now I am going to never buy another Sony product again. I am a musician and bought the MZ-N707 to transfer live recordings and upload them to my pc via there marketed 32x usb transfer. F-U-C-K...S-O-N-Y!!

Posted by: Jay on January 7, 2006 01:17 PM
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