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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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Sony iPod
By bobobeastie on 5/1/2006 12:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
Apple sold almost twice as many iPods in the first three months of 2006 than Sony did

Since when has Sony sold ipods? Perhaps we are talikng about extremly large values of zero. If iPod is being used as a general term then an interesting note is that the past two types of devices were sometimes refered to as names of Sony procucts, walkman and discman. I think we should not refer to a catagory of products with a brand name of only one specific line. Except of course for things like Q-Tips and Kleenex.

Nice OLED display.

RE: Sony iPod
By TomZ on 5/1/2006 1:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you consider Q-Tips and Kleenex in a separate category? These are trademarks used in place of a more generic term, e.g., tissues. Seems the same to me.

RE: Sony iPod
By GoatMonkey on 5/1/2006 2:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
The word "tissue" just sounds really lame. Kleenex is better.

RE: Sony iPod
By abhaxus on 5/2/2006 12:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
Q-tips aren't tissues... a more accurate analogy would be Puffs and Kleenex. With Kleenex of course being the universal brand name there.

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