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Friday, 03 September 2010 09:50

Walkman gives Jobs Mob a good kicking

Written by Nick Farell
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iPod beaten by the old kid on the block
The brand which started the whole mobile music thing off is giving the iPod a jolly good kicking in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Sony Walkman, which used to be applied to mobile cassette player and has become an MP3 player over the years is the market leader in Japan.

All this is happening as interest in the iPod is drying up faster than a thirsty man looking for a bar in the Sahara. Sony's share of the Japanese market for portable music players stood at 47.8 percent last month, ahead of Apple which had 44.0 percent, according to the Tokyo-based marketing research company BCN Inc.

Sony has faced stiff competition in recent years from the huge popularity of the iPod and this is the first time that the Walkman outsold the iPod in monthly sales" since the 2001. BCN thinks that it might have been that punters were reluctant  to buy iPods ahead of the launch of a new iPod range in the United States.

But Sony produces cheaper gear that has a much better sound quality than anything Jobs' Mob produces. It is also not locked into Apple's Walled Garden of Delights. Apple's reputation in Japan was damaged after it offered to replace its first-generation iPod Nano music player after they started catching fire.

Nick Farell

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+33 #1 AndreiD 2010-09-03 11:51
Yeah, the Sony walkman players are quite a lot better than the iPods with their OLED screens, better sound quality, better bundled headphones, and longer battery life. Also, they're a bit cheaper and you aren't limited to just a couple of formats on them.
If you look at all of that, it kind of seems silly to buy an iPod for at least 25% more cash.
If you think I'm wrong, look at the Sony NWZ-A845.
 
 
-31 #2 thetruth 2010-09-03 12:09
Where is Sony originally from? Japan. Does market share REALLY matter, if you consider just how much more Apple products sell for? Does Fudzilla have to keep on posting biased articles attacking Apple? Come on, be professional and unbiased. I see nowhere that suggests that

'interest in the iPod is drying up faster than a thirsty man looking for a bar in the Sahara'

or

'Apple's reputation in Japan was damaged after it offered to replace [faulty goods]'

Are you implying that if they didn't offer to replace them, their reputation wouldn't have been tarnished?

Although I don't like Apple products, they ARE successful, and a tech site like yourself should know and respect that.
 
 
+30 #3 guideX 2010-09-03 14:22
Quoting thetruth:
Where is Sony originally from? Japan. Does market share REALLY matter, if you consider just how much more Apple products sell for? Does Fudzilla have to keep on posting biased articles attacking Apple? Come on, be professional and unbiased. I see nowhere that suggests that
Although I don't like Apple products, they ARE successful, and a tech site like yourself should know and respect that.


Shut up, get lost and go install the latest mandatory Itunes update.
 
 
-27 #4 Adrian 2010-09-03 14:31
@thetruth +1
And it is not only apple biased articles ,the seme to have somthing against Nvidia to .
I llike fudzilla in general it is a nice tech blog ,but the hatred against apple and nvidia is simply stupid ,it has no ground ,its pathetic .
 
 
+18 #5 Kaostheory 2010-09-03 15:10
Have had Sony phones for as long as the ipod/iphone have been around and they've always been better at media. Ithings are flashy even though they can't play it!
 
 
-15 #6 thetruth 2010-09-03 17:05
Interesting, nobody has attacked any of the points I've raised. On a site where 'shut up, get lost' gets voted up, I can't help but think that most of the users are sheep, blindly following what ever the site says.
 
 
-11 #7 ryanyomomma 2010-09-03 18:14
Quoting guideX:
Shut up, get lost and go install the latest mandatory Itunes update.


wow, seriously? The guy says he doesn't like Apple products, your comeback is the above quote and the rest of you clicked the green button? You guys are retarded fantrolls who are no different than any Job's Mob cultist! Whoever runs this site, Know that your site is great but it can do WITHOUT Nick Farrell.

..and about the article.. another irrelevant piece of work. It's like the PS3...it's going outsell the Xbox in Japan...this is NOTHING new and there was never any mentioning that Apple was outselling their iPods in every country.

hit the red button now please...
 
 
-15 #8 ryanyomomma 2010-09-03 19:28
Yes you ignorant people...keep hitting the red button....obviously the relevant, and fair and balanced opinions are marked in red.. you guys are biased MEGA FAILS.
 
 
+15 #9 blandead 2010-09-03 21:21
you apple fanboy's have serious problems...no one wants to waste time arguing with you cause no matter the argument you will say its a better product. AndreiD sums it up pretty well why most of us DON'T like apple. Could care less if it's selling more, doesn't make it the best thing to buy.
 
 
-7 #10 thetruth 2010-09-03 21:49
Blandead, I don't see any post on this page where people recommend buying Apple. Are you trying to paint us as fanboys so you can simply dismiss the claims? So far, the unreasonable people on this page happen to be Apple haters, unable to listen to logic... or even to read a comment properly. Please, quote something that anybody on this page has posted that makes them an Apple fanboy.
 

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