Cnet Japan reports that Sony will sell its last Minidisc (MD) player in March this year. By that time Sony will ship the CMTM35WM, the last device with MD support. The format was introduced in 1992 and was meant to replace the cassette tape. The MiniDisc (MD) is a magneto-optical disc-based data storage device initially intended for storage of up to 74 minutes and, later, 80 minutes, of digitized audio.
In the form of Hi-MD, it has also developed into a general-purpose storage medium. By the year 2000 consumers rapidly moved to MP3 players, like the Creative Zen and the Ipod. The last Minidisc Walkman was shipped in 2011. Sony has announced that it will continue to give support for buyers of existing Minidisc products.