I've liked MiniDisc for a long time. The sound quality of ATRAC is superior to even LAME-encoded mp3s in just about every way, enough so that it might even be worth the hassle of carrying and switching between multiple discs instead of storing all my music on a single hard drive. The 1GB capacity of the new MiniDiscs is enticing as well; it's hard to beat the 1cent/MB price point that Hi-MDs have, as far as removable/expandable storage is concerned anyway. So why the hell did Sony burden their new Hi-MD players with a shitty USB1.1 connection? How could anybody justify transferring data a gigabyte at a time at such a slow speed? Are they stupid or do they just not care that they're stabbing themselves in the balls with this decision?