1 pointProblem: the earlier HiMD units and NetMD units are simply incapable of uploading data at the required rate (probably because of USB 2.0 vs 1.0). So it wasn't until we got the RH1 that upload was ever possible. Regardless of Sony's protection(s).
1 pointPhil, I'm convinced if Sony thought all MD'ers were like you we would see Sony Hi-MD decks in every store tomorrow! In other words, your love of the format is proof of sucess!