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Survey finds iPod outshines Sony Walkman Phone

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue July 19, 2005

iPod outshines Walkman

A new report says that more than 32 million adults in the US are planning on purchasing an iPod in the next 12 months. The survey, conducted by , also found that the iPod continued to outshine virtually every other music player, including the Sony Walkman Phone. According to a recently released study on digital music devices, more than 140 million adult Americans have not heard of Sony's new music device: however, while consumer awareness levels are important, acceptance levels may be much more so. According to TechnoMetrica analyst Constantine Kambanis "our findings suggest that the Walkman Phone is poorly positioned for a head-to-head match up against Apple's iPod or Dell's Digital Jukebox. While the generic concept generally does well among consumers and those who crave convenience, it has a weak showing among the consumer groups that propelled Apple's iPod to superstardom."

by MacNN Staff



  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good news/bad news

    I'm happy for Apple. I just got my 2nd iPod photo this week, my neice is getting one for her 10th b-day next week. Just about everyone I know that has an mp3 player has an iPod.

    Although, this kind of news makes me wonder if Apple will feel it has to update the iPod which in my opinion is getting long in the tooth. My new iPod was from work and I'm glad to have it but my next personal mp3 player, unless something changes with Apple's iPods, will be from somewhere else. I have been waiting for an FM player and voice recorder for a very long time. There is simply no excuse to not have it at this point. New players from iomega and Sony, two higher quality companies, have included these now BASIC features at a very similar price point.

    Apple created this market, I just hope they're not taking a break. Video iPod rumors are fine, but I'm more excited about finally having the other features.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Voice recorder?

    I still don't get the voice recorder thing. First, why and how is this a 'basic' feature, and second, how badly do you really need this? I've had it on my various cell phones for years, and literally have used it twice, and that was about 6 years ago.

    While I hate the radio, I get the whole FM thing. Still, I wouldn't want a bigger or more expensive player if that was the price of adding FM. It just doesn't add enough value for me.

  1. ddukes

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is very cautious about adding features that are unpractical to its general audience. Their products were never the type of a swiss army knife but one out of practicality, simplicity and elegance. They like to concentrate on designs and features that 'get out the way' of the consumer but at the same time enhance the lifestyle.

    Since the iMac this philosphy has paid off and no one has been able to imitate and capitalize on it like Apple has. So, what you have is companies that make products and say, "look, we have an mp3 player with wifi, fm, video, color, buttons, screens, voice record, etc., etc. And while all of that [i]sounds[/i] nice all people really wind up doing is just listening to music anyway.

    PS-all this talk of a video iPod is misguided hype in my opinion. Jobs already said many months ago that watching video on a tiny screen is impractical. That people don't consume video the same they do music. When someone wants to watch video they want a big screen, maybe surround sound and a nice couch.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FM would compete...

    ...with downloaded music & is of lower quality than lossless...

    But I would welcome it as a consumer...

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Iomega and Sony??

    "Two Higher Quality Companies"??

    Thanks. I needed a good laugh this morning!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Iomega higher quality?

    Sony, maybe...Iomega? Click... click... click... click... I thought they were out of business. How do they stay around, VC money? Zip disks are so 20th century.

    I am a Cingular customer and the moment they come out with iTunes phones, I am getting one and I bet lots of others do too. I don't like Cingular at all and I have a crappy basic nokia phone, but I'm waiting for those groovy iTunes-enabled phones and I bet lots of other folks are too.

  1. tonalsickness

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I looked at all the other options. I decided on iPod. The other companies were flashy but had a sh**y user interface. The iPod was smaller and looked better for the same price for size. Granted now there is other cheaper ones but the iPod out shines them.

    I read news not too long ago that Sony is losing its electronics business in the US and they're pretty much only doing well here with the PS2 (soon PS3). I also prefer the firewire over USB because even though USB is supposed to be 480 mbps compared to 400 mbps the 480 is a burst and usually stays about 200-300... i tried transfering the same songs to my iPod with both and firewire beat USB 2 hands down took about an hour less (20 GB iPod completely full). Unfortunately Apple is stoping including firewire cables with the iPod. Sony calls it iLink and i don't remember if the sony has it or not.

    I haven't ever needed voice recording functions, and most people have cell phones that could do this if needed anyway. FM wouldn't be bad but I wouldn't ever use it. It's an MP3 player... I'm using it to listen to non-staticy music that I paid for with no commercials. XM would be better than FM, but in either case I would rarely use it, as probably would most people.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FM would be nice... long as it could be added elegantly (like a selection on the menu with tuning using the scroll-wheel). No external difference would be necessary.

    FM only. No AM needed.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    uh huh

    quote:Their products were never the type of a swiss army knife but one out of practicality, simplicity and elegance.

    well, they need to get over their bad selves, or they can flush their marketshare good bye.

    I like the iPod, I also didn't buy another one, because they don't have video, and I personally could use video.

    There is no excuse for not offering a product that has expert features...all it takes is designing it properly so that the expert features don't trip up the novice users (like you.)

    look at OS X...simple to use for the novice, but at the same time, an expert user has no limits...that is where they need to head with the ipod.

    I don't know why this article compares a cell phone to an mp3 player...if you need to call someone, you aren't buying an iPod, hip, sleek, cool, or otherwise.

  1. fletcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why no AM?

    Prior to getting my iPod mini I had a long string of Discman and Walkman players. I had AM/FM tuners on some of them that I used a handful of times over about a decade. I expect I'd use a radio tuner in my iPod maybe once a year.

    Even so, I wonder why people think an FM tuner only is a good idea. I'd want an AM tuner if anything. In Seattle AM has all the content I can't get easily on my iPod: live traffic, sports radio, talk radio. Podcasting helps a little, but still won't let you know of an accident that just happened or let you listen to a game live.

    I bought my iPod and the various CD and tape players I had earlier so I could listen to my music and not have to suffer through endless commercials and DJ banter. If I wanted to listen to that stuff I'd buy a much smaller AM/FM radio.

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