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Ford MiniDisc Player For Sale - If You Don't Know What A MiniDisc Is...

...then you're probably NOT going to be interested in this!

Fits 1994-2000 Ford Mustang with separate CD player (replaces the CD player) and Mach 460 sound system. Also fits Mercury Villager, but I'm not sure of what years; probably like '94-'96 (you'd need to check with dealer to verify years). I know this because the installation instructions that came with it stated this. It may also fit some other Ford vehicles as long as they had the same chassis size CD player.

The player was made by Sony (there's a label on the back of the unit) but it says Ford on the front.

Would like $35.00 shipped for it. Here are a few pictures of it:






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God, I'd love to have that, just as a historical oddity! Alas, I have no use for it, my wife won't let me bring any more junk into the house, and I'm unemployed so I can't afford it, but I would love to see some pics!
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God, I'd love to have that, just as a historical oddity! Alas, I have no use for it, my wife won't let me bring any more junk into the house, and I'm unemployed so I can't afford it, but I would love to see some pics!
If you PM me with an e-mail address, I'll take a few pics and send them to you!

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My goodness... the only time I ever saw/used one of those (minidisc player) was when I ran the sound system in my high school's performing arts center some years back. I never would've expected to see one in a car! I guess Ford was gambling the technology was going to take off at some point in the consumer market.

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Man, what a relic. Cool though!
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Yes, that's it exactly! Cool!

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That has to have collectors value to SOMEBODY

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I'd be interested in actually using it, but since it's from '94, it probably doesn't support the later ATRAC formats; meaning the discs have to be burned in generic stereo encoding. This means the disc will barely hold the same amount as a CD. The later model MD burners can squeeze 4 or 5 full albums onto a single disc.

Still, definitely worth it as a collector's item, even if it's not worth crap right now.
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure that, assuming you have 80-minute MD discs, you can only play up to 80 minutes on a single disc - but don't quote me on that! I used to record MD's on a Sony ES MiniDisc home deck I bought back in 2000, but I never tried to record in anything other than the standard ATRAC encoding that would fit either 74 or 80 minutes on an MD disc, depending on which one you had.

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That is interesting to see again, I was hoping it survived, CD's became really cheap so fast that the MD didn't have a chance.

Sony bet on things like that, and I have a Sony HI-8 VCR to show that also. HI-8 is better than VHS, but this VCR I got came out just before recordable DVD's. Stuff happens, things change.

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That is interesting to see again, I was hoping it survived, CD's became really cheap so fast that the MD didn't have a chance.

Sony bet on things like that, and I have a Sony HI-8 VCR to show that also. HI-8 is better than VHS, but this VCR I got came out just before recordable DVD's. Stuff happens, things change.
Yeah, I was REALLY committed to the MiniDisc format - that is, until my fianceƩ (now my wife) bought me an iPod last year! What really swung me over to the iPod camp was the ability to take my entire 1,000+ CD collection with me on a single device (I got the 160GB model) and to be able to play them all in my car!

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That's exactly why I haven't wanted to put a CD player into my car - the cassette deck and 3.5mm TRS adapter cartridge fits in perfectly with me and my MP3 player. I hate those FM transmitters... they're so much more expensive and I've never heard about/seen one with quality anywhere near my cassette adapter's. Static, hiss, pops and all that nonsense.

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That's exactly why I haven't wanted to put a CD player into my car - the cassette deck and 3.5mm TRS adapter cartridge fits in perfectly with me and my MP3 player. I hate those FM transmitters... they're so much more expensive and I've never heard about/seen one with quality anywhere near my cassette adapter's. Static, hiss, pops and all that nonsense.
I had this little interface box made by Peripheral Electronics for my 2004 Mercury Sable that replaced the factory CD changer and allowed me to play my iPod right through the stereo (meaning NOT over the FM!) - it sounded great!

I have a brand-new Kenwood car stereo in my '97 Thunderbird that has a USB cable coming out of the back of it. I just hook the iPod cable right into it and it sounds great, too - and I control the iPod with the radio controls (I can set the radio so that I can control what plays right from the iPod too, if that's what I want)!

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I got a Pioneer avh-p4000dvd and it has the USB plug too. I ran the wire to my console. It also has a nice touchscreen ipod interface, if you have the right cable. I just use my 1gb flash drive to hold like 10 albums easy. Being able to make a DVD full of mp3s is nice also.
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I'll go $40.00 shipped on this MD player.

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Added pictures to original post!

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that should be in a ford museum.

And new decks with ipod connections sound the best

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that should be in a ford museum.

And new decks with ipod connections sound the best
I beg to differ, if you're saying that an iPod played through a direct connection sounds better than a CD. Unless you have the music on your iPod recorded in a .wav format or some other lossless format, that isn't true.

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I beg to differ, if you're saying that an iPod played through a direct connection sounds better than a CD. Unless you have the music on your iPod recorded in a .wav format or some other lossless format, that isn't true.

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+1! Not to mention - if converting a digital format to analog then back into digital again, that will ALWAYS result in undesirable side effects, the most perceptible of which would be noise or harmonic distortion.

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+1! Not to mention - if converting a digital format to analog then back into digital again, that will ALWAYS result in undesirable side effects, the most perceptible of which would be noise or harmonic distortion.
That, too!

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I still have this - price lowered to $35.00 shipped!

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If this includes the minidisk player, harness, and the included paperwork, I will pay $30 shipped for it. I am in zip=48154.

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I still have this - price lowered to $35.00 shipped!

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I'm still rocking a 6MD changer in the glove box of my bird. BTW, it wasn't that CD's became cheap, it was the fact that memory became cheap. MP3s played back on portable devices only took so long to out pace the MD. I used mine all through college in the late 90's before mp3 files became really popular. It was nice being able to record lectures, live concerts on campus and be able to edit as you please afterwards. I loved being able to download a new song in the computer lab and walk out with it already playing on my MD player. It's too bad that this player will only work with certain receivers as Sony changed their buss connection later on that many geeks online tried to reverse engineer with no success.

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