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February 24, 2006

Sony: Past Tense

Sony has been rolling up lame in a lot of areas, but this latest announcement reaches new heights of suckitude.

First, the PS3 is delayed. Then they say it costs 800 bucks to build. Then it's going to be either or with the HD DVD or BluRay. Now they announce this dumb thing called WA!PS3, which is sorta like XBox Live, but only for downloads. It's not online multiplayer, it's a software store accessible by console. Big whoop. I mean, XBox Live for 360 is already there. If you just look at the PS3Today website, it's bad news after bad news. God of War 2 won't be built for the PS3 but for the PS2 in '07. Yike.

Now this is my year for Hi Def. And the more people I talk to, the more they say forget Sony for flat screens. I've heard they don't even make plasma TVs any longer after getting their asses handed to them by Pioneer and Panasonic. That's a damnable shame. Sony used to be somebody. But you know who *is* somebody? Apple.

Let me take you back briefly to what used to be one of the coolest places on earth. It was the Metreon in San Francisco. Back in 1999 and 2000 in the middle of irrational exuberance, every high tech Stanford Mafia don worth his VC connections could be seen eating sushi in this joint. IBM announced their whole e-business strategy there. XPlay back when it was called something else and it was only Adam Sessler, had every other episode shot there. When the PS2 premiered, it was at the Metreon that the camera crews watched the midnight lines. And smack dab in the middle of the Metreon was Sony Style, the coolest thing since Starbucks.

Fast forward to now. Sony puts rootkits on CDs, fueling rage, hatred and alienation among former devotees. The Minidisc never goes anywhere and the usage of DATs is considered selling out in the underground of hiphop. Nobody can pronounce VAIO and nobody really wants VAIO laptops any longer. They're overpriced and they break. Sony is so over.

Apple has done what nobody thought could be done, which is they have a killer product in consumer electronics. Yes the iPod is bigger than the Walkman. The company which spawned the Walkman is on the outs and the Apple Store is cooler than Sony Style ever was, if for only one reason. Sony Style thought they were so cool (and they were for a minute) that they had armed guards walking around rousting people who weren't buying. The Apple Store allows you to rent a Genius, which sounds snooty - you have to have an appointment, but actually works out nicely.

So here's to the hope that Apple does in the next 10 years what Sony did after their Walkman success, become bigger in consumer electronics. They're the only American company with the cachet. One word of warning however Apple. Don't try gaming.

Posted by mbowen at February 24, 2006 09:17 AM

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Well, I love my PSP.

Posted by: Edshugeo The GodMoor at February 24, 2006 04:51 PM

Microsoft has taken this market. And Apple wouldn't exist today except for the benevolence of Billy Gates who happens to own enough of Apple to be on the board. By the way, my nephew's iPod is showing this little exclaimation point warning sign, next to a picture of the Mac Classic with a frowney face, and the text http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/

And the lexan-enclosed xbox 360 at my local BestBuy is showing a BSOD and won't respond to the console.

Got any idea what all that means? Is our universe truly coming to an end?

Posted by: UncleSmrgol [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 25, 2006 11:38 PM

The next TV I get is still going to be a Sony. Maybe the Samsungs are a bit brighter or something, but I've seen Sony TVs last, and last, and last. My mom still has a 27" Trinitron from like, 1991 or something. And as long as Tekken is a Sony-only video game then I will buy a PS3. Sony may drop the 'style' moniker, but I'll still be a happy customer.

Posted by: matt at February 28, 2006 08:40 AM

The best thing that Sony makes are headphones. I swear by the MDR-V6. the MDR-V700 is standard issue for DJs. I'm going to take a serious look at their noise-cancelling headphones, but they're pretty expensive.

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2006 08:49 AM

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