MP3s killed the MiniDisc player

Sony has announced that it is ending the production of the MiniDisc player - over 20 years after it was first launched.

Sony's MiniDisc failed largely due to the popularity of MP3 players. Credit: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

The product, which Sony hoped would replace cassette players when it was launched in 1992, will have a final batch shipped in March before manufacturing stops for good.

MiniDisc players enjoyed little success outside of Japan and MP3 players led to the downfall of the product.