Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by soundboy, Sep 3, 2010.
From here. If only Sony can bring back a casstte Walkman
Interesting, but possibly misleading. With sales of the iPhone going through the roof, people that would normally buy a standalone DAP are increasingly just using the phone as a music player. iPod sales are on the decline as a whole, offset by the ramp in iPhones.
Also, I'd expect iPod sales to drop around this time of year since Apple always introduce new models in September.
No suprise, iPods are going out of style quickly.
Can you use the iPhone as a music player if you don't buy a cellphone contract for it?
A Cassette walkman?
That would be the iPod Touch-- basically an iPhone without the phone!
I still have mine with Dolby B and autoreverse and a radio with DX switch. And it still works.
The Japanese have a very strong preference for their own domestic brands. This is not that shocking, many outside observers have said traces of xenophobia run in their culture.
Yes, you can use an unactivated iPhone as an iPod, but you'd be better off with the iPod Touch as indicated below.
Yes, it's likely that your local Walmart and Target still stock a Sony cassette Walkman.
I still use my yellow cassette "Sports" Walkman, which has Dolby B and metal tape playback capability....not to mention being water resistant.
"Sony’s share of the market for digital music players beat out Apple with a 47.8 percent market share last month, while the iPod captured 44 percent according to AFP and BCN."
iPod sales are still very impressive. Wasn't it 30m last year?
I don't think that phenomenon (xenophobia) is limited to the Japanese...
I understand that. It's just that the last time I looked, you could buy an iPhone for $100 less than an iTouch.
EDIT: The prices seem to have evened up some, though you can still buy an 8gb iPhone for $99, whereas the least expensive iTouch is 8 gb for $229. Is there $130 worth of extra fabulousness on the iTouch?
Yes, the iPhone is cheaper, because it's subsidized by AT&T. You're committing a 2-year voice/data contract with AT&T for at least $60/month.
WOW!!! My walkman, a 90 min Maxell cassette of Dark Side/Wish You Were Here and...well...let's not get too nostalgic.
Yeah, you'd have to look at the total statistics. And the bit about xenophobia is true, resulting in a high favoritism towards domestics brands (except cars, where many want to buy an import BMW etc). Plus Sony is revered almost like a god.
But I say the hell with Sony and their annoying attempts to continually control via lackwit DRM schemes.
Anyway, this exact title happened before, I thought it was an old article. It was a one-time flareup, and the rest of the world didn't care about Sony's product. They probably care more about Sandisk and Coby, since those players are good and ultra-cheap.
Well, that was my question, could I use the $99 iPhone without an AT&T contract? It would seem I could not.
I have not one nostalgic bone in my body for cassettes. I hated them the way some of you hate CDs (and others of you LPs).
I think we've talked about this before.
Like most cell phones, you pay more than the 'cheap' price to get an iPhone without contract.
Agree....I have several Walkman models in the closet....haven't used them in years.
Yeah, Korea might be worse.
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