RetroPod shut down by Sony | iLounge News


RetroPod shut down by Sony

RetroPod, makers of iPod cases from the shell of vintage Sony Walkmans shuts down at the request of Sony. “Your use of casings for such a purpose is a clear infringement of the SONY and WALKMAN marks because it is deceptive. Consumers likely will be misled and deceived into believing that Sony is somehow connected with the iPod personal stereo when in fact it is not.” Customers with unfilled orders will be refunded through PayPal.

« Griffin now shipping iBeam Laser Pointer and Flashlight

Apple ships over 2 million iPods »

Related Stories



Great to see SONY thinks this is a good use of their time .... perhaps they would be better off spending time designing a player that people actually want to use, rather than going after small harmless businesses.

Posted by DMW on October 16, 2004 at 6:30 AM (CDT)


i dont remember apple closing down the company that made fish tanks out of old mac classics.

Posted by DMW on October 16, 2004 at 6:31 AM (CDT)


This has turned me off buying ANYTHING from sony every again. What tossers.

Posted by trinket on October 17, 2004 at 8:46 PM (CDT)


Sony has a habit of bullying the little guy.  Here in Baltimore, there was a good little Japaneese restaurant that the proprietor named after his wife:  Sony.  Five years after he opened it, the lawyers showed up and made him change the name.

Posted by Oobitsa on October 18, 2004 at 6:03 AM (CDT)


Wouldnt that be something they’d WANT to happen with as much as their HD walkmans are selling?:-P i mean seriously.

Posted by mark on October 18, 2004 at 2:40 PM (CDT)


Today I was listening to my IPOD in the office when I was approached by someone asking if I had ever been to the Lounge site. To my amaze I found another chance to sue someone for our product.  This site is next

I remain,
Mr Denny Crain

Posted by Sony Lawyers on October 19, 2004 at 11:58 AM (CDT)

Page 2 of 2 pages  < 1 2

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter


Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter


iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy