Using Platinum MD

You'll need a NetMD player and a USB cable that fits the NetMD player (most NetMD players take a USB mini-B cable like this).

On Windows — and only Microsoft Windows — you'll need to install Zadig. This replaces the NetMD drivers with the one used by Platinum MD (and Web MiniDisc, too, if you'd care to try that).

Next, install Platinum MD for your platform from its web page.

Insert the minidisc you want to record on into the NetMD recorder.

Launch Platinum MD.

Connect the USB cable to the computer on one side, and to the NetMD player on the other. If you have one, it's a good idea to connect your AC adapter to the recorder, too; recording can quickly drain the internal battery.

Platinum MD should connect to your NetMD player. If it doesn't, try clicking the “Retry” button in the middle of the right hand pane. If it still doesn't connect, check your cables and try quitting and relaunching Platinum MD. Note that some USB cables are charging-only, so it may be that you need a different USB cable.

From here you can:

  • Use the Folder icon at the top of the left-hand panel to select a folder with MP3, WAV, or FLAC files.
  • Select music in the left hand pane and transfer it to the Minidisc by pressing the “Transfer” button at the top of the left hand pane.
  • Rename the minidisc by clicking the minidisc title on the right hand pane and typing a new title in the dialog box that appears.
  • Wipe the minidisc by choosing the dropdown arrow on the right hand pane and following the prompts.
  • Rename, reorder, or play individual tracks by using the icons next to a trac ktitle.
  • Play, skip tracks, or stop playback of the currently inserted minidisc using the transport buttons along the topof the window.

Recording takes some time, but it does occur faster than audio to audio or optical to audio dubbing. It first converts the audio files to ATRAC, the format required by the MiniDisc standard, and then sends them to the recorder using USB. It's probably not a good idea to disconnect the NetMD player while recording!

When you're done recording or playing the minidisc you've inserted, you can quit Platinum MD.

Some MD players appear to lock the minidisc carrier door while the USB port is connected; be sure to exit the application using when you're done before you try to eject the minidisc. If you can't eject he minidisc after doing this, disconnect the minidisc from the USB port and try again.

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