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Sony A-Series Walkman
"That's all I can stands and I can't stands no more"

Sony is tired of having its butt kicked by Apple in the portable audio market. The iPod has consistently thwarted any attempt by Sony to grab a foothold on the market even after several valiant attempts. Sales figures show that Apple sold almost twice as many music players in the first three months of 2006 than Sony did in all of the previous fiscal year. According to a top Sony executive, the company is ready to take another jab at the venerable iPod. Whether those punches deliver any serious damage remain to be seen.

Sony is hoping to launch the new series of players in time for the Holiday '06 buying season; right about the time when the company's highly anticipated PlayStation 3 is due to hit shelves around the world. The new music players also promise to focus heavily on design and battery life. From Digital Tokyo World:

Apple has a commanding lead in the music player market and is particularly strong in the U.S., where it's estimated to command more than 80 percent market share. Sony has tried to unseat Apple in that market before with little success, and its recently launched A-series Walkman digital music players are on sale only in Japan and Europe.



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Advice for Sony
By TomZ on 5/1/2006 11:22:10 AM , Rating: 5
1. Stop pricing your MP3 players like they are superior to other brands - because they are not

2. Fix or get rid of SoundStage software that is hated by many of your existing customers

3. Get rid of the need to transcode MP3 to your proprietary ATRAC format and the need to "authorize" my MP3's via your web site. It is not your job to police whether my MP3 files are legal or not (they are, by the way)

MP3 players should be able to natively play MP3 files - duh!




RE: Advice for Sony
By Chiisuchianu on 5/1/2006 5:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
4. Add Ogg format support.


RE: Advice for Sony
By jconan on 5/1/2006 11:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
5. support songbird's development and bundle it with your products package.

6. make managing easy to use and get rid of the drm or make it universal (opens source) and easy to use with your products.

7. (study user interface development) simplify your user interface on your players. simple yet powerful and intuitive...


RE: Advice for Sony
By jconan on 5/1/2006 11:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
8. six sigma (improve quality control especially those made in china and elsewhere)... no six sigma overall from design to production
9. stop being self conceited... open source everything u can and license your proprietary stuff and make it affordable for other companies to promote your technology in their products
10. don't miss the bus or else it's too little too late (death of large corporations)


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