While vinyl may seem quaint in the face of streaming technology, there's a certain magic to physically owning music that has beyond a short-lived fad. However, the Bandai 8ban definitely was a fad. A remarkably tiny record player with remarkably tiny records, Youtuber Techmoan takes a look if there was something to the 2004 device.
It works, albeit with an imperfect sound. Techmoan calls it a "unashamedly low-fi format," referencing the home tape recording style from the 80s and 90s that most prominently shaped records like Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska and Guided by Voices' Bee Thousand.
Techmoan is able to get it working in a regularly sized record player with some DIY work and the tiny records are able to show off their full stereo sound. But the music industry, tenuous as it is, survives on a multitude of ideas, not physical platforms controlled by a single company. The novelty is fun, playing old Japanese TV theme songs is neat, but if you want to get real about vinyl we've got some ideas.