fodder...you should check out the new HiMD format, let me give you a brief overview:
--The new HiMD discs can hold 1GB instead of the 650MB or so that were the old MD discs.
--With the new HiMD units, you can transfer from MD->pc at usb speed, they removed the restrictions they had before, where you had to just record from the line-out in real time. This is by far the coolest feature.
--You can record uncompressed PCM wav files now. Sweet!
--The new mindisc units look so cool, especially the MZ-RH10 (or MZ-M100 in the US), and the coming-soon MZ-RH1. They both sport the ultra sweet looking organic-LED displays. There's even one unit out that can take pictures, but it can't record, so I don't care about it.
--I almost forgot, the new HiMD units can play mp3's natively. You don't have to convert to ATRAC anymore. You can just put mp3's on the disc and play it. YES!! This and the pc transfering was what always kept me from getting a minidisc before, but with these restrictions gone, I am now a full-fledged MD junkie.
I know that minidiscs aren't a practical format because there are these big hard drive mp3 players, that put the 1GB discs to shame, but if you're talking about ability to record and listen to mp3's, minidiscs are a great option. There are a couple of flash-card based player/recorders out there, but when you consider that the new HiMD discs cost $7.00 for 1GB and a 1GB flash card is at least $50, it's much more practical to get the minidisc. Besides, there's something to be said about being able to slide those cool cartridges in and out of the player.