I admit it. I am confused and uncertain.
Technology has finally gotten to the point where I can’t keep up, but it hasn’t gotten so bad that I have techno-burnout.
I’ve been bitten before. Back when Iomega was the clear data storage winner with its ZIP drives, I bought 3Ms Laserdisc drive. I thought that was a really cool device. Just the fact that it had a laser in it was cool, and, being silly, I bought it to help the budding Imation. Imation is a 3M spinoff. I’m from Minnesota and I wanted to help the local economy. Ironically, the Laserdisc drive disappeared one day. I rarely used it anyway.
Here’s what’s happening. In a “flash,” data storage has become incredibly compact and capacious. Unfortunately, in the race to monopolize solid state data storage technology, companies have developed different media. It looks like Smart Media and Sony Memory Stick are in the lead, but I could be wrong. Guidance, anyone?! There is also USB plug-and-play memory chips, but I don’t see how that would succeed since they are not compatible with handheld devices.
OK. Here’s where it gets thorny. I am considering buying a PDA and I am also getting into MP3 pretty fast and furious. Then I thought “gee, wouldn’t it be nice if I could just plug my memory stick into an MP3 player and go! And wouldn’t it be neat if I didn’t need an MP3 player and just bought a PDA?” Then I found the Sony Clie. It plays MP3s from a Memory Stick. Sadly, the Memory Stick may not be the storage media for the future. And, judging by some comments I read on the Internet about Sony’s first Memory Stick MP3 player, I don’t know if I want to go that way. Perhaps this Clie gets the bugs out (it also serves as a remote control for TVs &c., cool, eh?)
I guess this is 1/2 rant, but also 1/2 appeal to those who know about solid state data storage and can put in their 2 bits worth on it. Please let me know what you think of Memory Stick as a music media. Sony’s MD never took off, ya know, but maybe the Memory Stick will???