“The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one,” he said, “Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while”, Wozniak warned.
He adds, “It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much,” he added.
Woz was also critical of Apple’s tight control over iPhone development, warning, “Consumers aren’t getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down. I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you’re allowed.”
Now, there’s two clear messages here: first of all, think back to the fate of the Walkman – Sony didn’t move fast enough to embrace the digital wave, so it lost its music player leadership to Apple.
Sony introduced three new Walkman player models this week at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, including the slimline (7.5mm) S-series.
Boasting up to 40-hours battery life, the S630 and S730 models both play MP3s and also offer video playback on their 2-inch QVGA (320-x-240 pixel) displays. The latter model also offers noise cancelling features. Continue reading →
Sony Ericsson introduced its W902, W595 and W302 Walkman phones this week.
During the launch, the company’s Ben Padley, Head of music, said: “Since the launch of our first Walkman phone in 2005, Sony Ericsson has continued to pioneer a superior mobile music experience – and the 77 million Walkman phones sold to date are testament to this commitment.”
Analysts at Gartner aren’t convinced the company’s really doing enough to see off the threat from ever-cheaper, consumerr-focused smartphones, as players such as BlackBerry, Nokia and Apple move into the music device space. Continue reading →
Sony UK has reached a deal with UK online music firm, 7 Digital, under which Sony’s “Walkman Wirefree” series (NWZ-A826K & NWZ-A828K) players will be sold with vouchers entitling purchasers to download music videos from 7 Digital for free.
The online service currently offers thousands of DRM-free music videos allowing consumers to play downloaded video on virtually any digital media device. Customers can claim their five free music video downloads by visiting the service’s website and entering their unique download code.
Ben Drury, 7digital’s CEO said: “Through key partnerships we will be able to provide more choice for consumers, encourage more competition in the digital music market and ultimately offer a better deal for the consumer.”