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Mix: Walkman, Wimbledon, Secrecy, WWDC

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, June 26, 2006
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Sony president Ryoji Chubachi said today that Sony’s Walkman digital music players continue to struggle against the iPod despite the introduction of new models over the past year. “We miscalculated with the Walkman,” Chubachi said, without elaborating.

Expodition has released the free Wimbledon Pod SnapShot, a downloadable iPod guide with information about the championships and the players. “It lists all players and wildcards, and contains detailed player profiles and statistics as well as seeding information. In addition, the Pod SnapShot includes profiles of legendary players and details classic Wimbledon championships.”

Robert Renck, an analyst at R. L. Renck & Co., says Apple’s quarterly product segment disclosure makes it a “have-faith, trust me” stock. Marketwatch reports: “As a result, he has warned his clients, Wall Street’s bullish forecasts aren’t without risk for this simple reason: Analysts can’t get a true and complete picture of how Apple makes its money. ‘I don’t think Apple is doing anything wrong other than their penchant for secrecy,’ he says.”

Apple announced today that CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X “Leopard” on August 7 at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

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HAHA at Sony. This really shows you the stupidity of Sony execs. Have they actually go out their offices to the streets to see the actual market? Sony doesn’t even release their walkman lineup in the US. NW-Axxx, NW-Axx, and NW-E00x, all don’t see US release, although they are released in Canada. how can you compete if you don’t even release your products? LOL. IMO we won’t see Sony the way they used to be until Sony cut the music and movie industry arm.

Posted by pika2000 on June 26, 2006 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

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Yeah, Sony’s Walkman really sucks! My brother has one, because he refuses to buy an ipod (he hates apple for some reason) and its interface is terrible, it breaks about once a week and the customer service stinks! He says its perfect; Maybe he should try an ipod:)

Posted by Brent on June 26, 2006 at 11:16 AM (PDT)

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Before I purchased my iPod, I shopped around, the Sony A and E range kills the iPod in terms of sound quality. If your using high quality headphones i.e shure e4, it is very noticable.

So in that area, sony is still ahead. And, who cares if sony isnt doing great in the current mp3 market, its about 1% of what they do.

p.s. i went for the ipod on the basis of Protected AAC support

Posted by Paul on June 26, 2006 at 4:15 PM (PDT)

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also, the “Walkman” line is now ridiculously diversified to the point of confusion. Can’t decide between a NW-Axxx and NW-Axx or a NW-E00x? I mean, WTF? A production within Sony’s “Walkman” line could be anything from a tiny little radio, a portable CD player, a mini-disc player or an MP3 player. There’s two many products, the feature-set is confusing, and they have crap names which don’t mean anything.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on June 26, 2006 at 8:55 PM (PDT)

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Sonys hardware is excellent; brilliant battery life, and great sound quality, all in a well designed case which although not as stylish as the iPod are well-made and not likely to cause you any problems, along with a great codec in ATRAC3, which sounds very good, even if the stuff they have built around it have sucked.
The problem with Sony is what happens after the product leaves the hardware stage and moves onto software. Their SonicStage/Connect software is crap, and their DRM decisions are dictated by Sonys music arm who seem to live in a different world than the rest of us.
I’m glad Sony have failed miserably, because hopefully this is the kick they need to go back to what they do best, producing great products that people actually want, and I’d love if they sold off their film/music studios, although that looks unlikely at the moment.

Posted by Stev on June 27, 2006 at 4:36 AM (PDT)

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