max-it should work, play the songs in winamp while the minidisc player is in record mode, thats what I do and it works everytime. Make sure that the optical cord is plugged intot he 'line in' port on your minidisc. Also make sure there is light coming thru the optical cord when a song is playing, otherwise something is fucked up with your comp or the optical port isnt enabled. Basically how it works is if the minidisc player is in record mode it records any sound that is fed into it, whether its from an optical cord from your dvd or computer or cd player or even an analog cord from your vcr out.
As for the sharp minidisc players, mines really pissing me off. Granted its maybe 4-5yrs old but it skips or turns off whenever it gets minorly jolted, every jump landing, sometimes even when do a small set up 180 to go switch, its supposed to have 10 seconds of skip protection. I want a new one, listening to music while jibbing is so much fun.
'Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.' -Kristian Wilson, Nintendo, Inc, 1989