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DantheMan

no pocket use with this guy...the exterior spinning disk is awesome but impractical. this is a perfect show off gdgt.
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bogusjimmy

It looks like a power tool, ready to slice big pieces of timber. Awesome.
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Cam

I could imagine that cutting some teeth in a CD would make this thing pretty deadly....
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peter

It was actually designed mainly to play 3-inch CD singles, which fit inside perfectly. I guess everyone thought at the time that 3-inch CD singles (I think they could store about 18 minutes of music) were going to be big new format or something. It was a very cool toy, and it was amazing to be able to fit a CD player in my pocket.
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Cam

Wait, did you have to adjust it to switch between full size CDs and the singles?
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fourblades

That's really popular in japan too but I think it'd be a cool idea if they did that in DVD format making some kind of small 3" DVD music only and hopefully in Hi-fidelity audio... but that'd be too late of an idea now, we got so many audio formats that can be stored in flash based memory and others.
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kewlfocus

You forgot to add that it also plays Laserdiscs.
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fourblades

Made me laugh! Just saw Laserdisc movies at our local half-priced bookstore too!
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JafafaHots

No, it doesn't. I bought one new, still have it.
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jogdial

When using 8cm CDs in the D-88, the disc fits entirely within the body of the device. There's a slider on the bottom of the unit that you move (which repositions the spindle from the centre to the edge) to accommodate 'normal' 12cm diameter discs, which protrude out of the unit.

8cm (3") CDs were the primary format for CD singles in Japan for many years, but they were pretty rare elsewhere. 3" DVDs do exist - they were used on some DVD camcorders, for example.

More info on the 3" CD format:

en.wikipedia.org­/wiki­/Mini­_CD­_single
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coologuy1957

I am in love with this device now and will be browsing eBay for it until I find one!!!

This type of device is why gdgt exists!!!
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phi

I remember seeing these in the stores & thought that I'd never have a 3-inch CD to play it with and the cost was way too much as per usual with Sony
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Frozenwalkway

if this were just a compact cd burner or cd rom drive it would be awesome. and the ability to play 3cm cds would just be a quirk if that were true. it would definetley take less space width wise.
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kinquela

with some twiking you could surely make a weapon of it XD
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jdillingham

www.youtube.com­/watch­?v­=vbfrsoAqFPI
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clancemasterj

Here's the ebay listing cgi.ebay.com­/Vintage­-Sony­-Discman­-D­-88­-CD­-Player­-R...
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JafafaHots

I have one, but it needs work - it won't stay on. Powers up, then shuts down. I think it just needs lubrication inside because for a while it would play partly through a disc.

I also have a huge collection of 3 inch cds. Mostly American issue ones, which are very rare because they only put them out in 1988 and they failed miserably. I have Beatles ones, etc.

Another fun dead format from that year was the CDV. I have a number of those too. (Not to be confused with the popular-in-asia VCD)
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markur

I have one I purchased new in England in 1988 and its in mint condition. Just needs power adapter
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