Thursday, November 3rd 2005

Sony: Oh The Irony

Sony CD Walkman D-NE700

Found some gold material. The following is a translation of a paragraph in the manual for my Sony CD Walkman (D-NE700):

Audio CDs with Digital Rights Management Technology

This product has been manufactured for playback of discs which adhere to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. Recently, some record companies have started selling Audio CDs with digital rights management. Please note that these discs do not adhere to the CD standard, and therefore may not be playable on this product.

Does that mean I won’t be able to play back Sony’s own CDs on my Sony CD Walkman? Heh. Sony are so way off track they’ll need a fleet of GPS satellites to find their way back. Over the years they have made many good CD Walkmans (Walkmen?), and the one I’ve got now is actually superb. I can play mp3s until my ears bleed if I’d like to. (As long as I’ve got the AVLS turned off…) But now they’re just loosing touch with reality completely. My next portable player will be a DAP, and I can already promise you it will not be a Sony. As it is I can see no reason for anyone to get a Sony DAP. They are totally overpriced and – more importantly – they are limited in all kinds of ways. (And I doubt they’ll be adding Ogg anytime soon, too…)

No. I’d say that with time, Sony will realize that you don’t get any business if you keep trying to control your customers’ every move. The customers will go to the company that gives them what they want. At the moment Sony is giving them the exact opposite.

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  1. xeen says:

    Well… “die Geister die ich rief werde ich nun nicht mehr los” (Goethe, in English “the ghosts I called, I won’ t get rid of them now!”).The same applies for Microsoft right now, too. I read that the IE7 team asks everyone to remove the hacks so that it actualy displays right again. Well, they introduced the wrong box model and stuff, so people worked around by doing standard code for fx/opera/khtml and hacks for IE. Now IE 6 hacks still apply to IE7… Well, I don’t blame the IE team, rather than the deciding guys.

  2. David Naylor says:

    Yeah. They have ended upp in a sticky mess, too.

  3. David Naylor says:

    Oh, BTW: I just realized you’re the brain behind the searchbar auto-resizer extension. It’s great! It should be a standard feature of Firefox! And, my girlfriend loves it too. Thanks again.

  4. xeen says:

    haha, the internet is indeed quite small… well, at least the active firefox community is yet straightforward :)Next stop’ll be Customizeable Statusbar, but that’ll have to wait probably if I even ever manage to do it since school’ll be taking much of my time for the next two years…

  5. Bram says:

    It’s walkmans, not walkmen, according to my Linguistics book. The process of making a new word out of two existing words is called compounding.

  6. David Naylor says:

    Heh. Ok. (Didn’t really think it was walkmen, just put it in for fun.):-)

  7. Carsten says:

    Sony’s flash player even don’t support MP3 properly (you can’t dowload simply but have to use a program like you do with an ipod which cripples the MP3s so you can’t copy them to another pc easily), so you expect OGG? ;->I had to make the experience with a Sony “MP3 player”…

  8. David Naylor says:

    Yeah, I know – it’s pretty unlikely 😐