Sony Walkman Wants the Spotlight Back

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Earendil macrumors 68000


    Oct 27, 2003
    Get in line?
    Hope no one minds waiting... :rolleyes:
  3. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I used to really like Sony stuff, but for the past few years, Apple have made Sony look clunky, unintuitive and out-dated.

  4. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    I used to always listen to my sony walkman cd player, it NEVER skipped, I would drop it and do everything I could possibly do to break and it still played like a champ.

    Now I just listen to iTunes on the Mac and I plan on getting an iPod sooner or later..
  5. TomSmithMacEd macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2003
    Fargo, ND
    All of these companies are talking about how their video player is going to be dominate.

    All I can say is video players will never sell as well as a basic mp3 player. There isn't as much of a demand for them, and there never will be.

    Yes, it's true demand will go up (probably when Apple makes a "real" video player) but video is just not as great of a medium for portabillity.....

    audio = passive
    video = you need to focus (couldn't think of the right word)
  6. Marble macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2003
    Tucson, AZ
    Audio is also (usually) private. Even if you're watching video with headphones, you're going to get people looking over your shoulder. It's like airplane movies.
  7. montex macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Sony completely dropped the ball with their MP3 players. I think that at this point they should simply cut their losses and pursue the last truely innovative product they have and pursue it with all ther verve and gusto that Apple pours into the iPod.

    What is it's last, best innovation, you ask? It's their electronic book, the ereader. Right now it is, at best, a beta product. It's a bit half-baked with an unforgiveably paltry 64Mb of RAM and it begs for a sensible (512Mb) upgrade. Also, at $349, it's crazy over priced.

    But it has the potential to become the book which replaces all other paperbacks and novels. As someone who reads constantly, I want a more convenient way to carry reading material with me and the ereader is the ticket.

    I think the ereader could be a winner -- if Sony pulls it's head out and does it right. But Sony's weakness is underestimating what their target market is looking for and I have a bad feeling their ereader will go the way of the minidisk. Sigh.
  8. mrsebastian macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2002
    sunny san diego

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