Just like some Hollywood b-movie monster back from the dead for a second bite, Sony has resurrected the MiniDisk and launched a new model called the MZ-RH1.

Capable of playing files downloaded in LinearPCM, ATRAC (ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus) or MP3 format, or which have been recorded onto the device from a live music session, Sony says that it has improved the recording experience with several enhancements.

Users can adjust the mode to reflect what they are recording, which could be a live event, their own "jam" session, or even a business meeting - creating crystal clear playback sound. The MZ-RH1 also features different listening modes to complement musical genres and create the right acoustic atmosphere, including "Club", "Jazz" and "Pop".

A rechargeable battery offers a battery life of 19 hours, and a one 1GB mini-disc can hold up to 45 hours of music.