After less than four months on the market — and despite the oft-trumpeted, yet obviously meaningless built-in FM tuner — Sony’s Walkman Bean has been cooked by boiling Apple iPod sales. Debuting in October 2005, Sony had high hopes for the kidney-shaped, flash-based 512MB (US$130, since cut to around $110) and 1GB ($180, since cut to around $140) Walkman Beans. Alas, Sony’s hopes have been dashed in what just might be record time.
“Yesterday, the company confirmed that it will be discontinued in April. It insists that repairs are still available long after production ends,” David Derbyshire reports for The Telegraph. Oliver Duff also reports the same news for The Independent, “After less than six months on the market, Sony has announced that the Bean will be discontinued in April.”
MacDailyNews Take: iPod: killer. That was one quick — but not painless to Sony — death.
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