On Not | Mo Chit

May 11, 2004

Come on, Sony
sony_dej1000.jpg Almost three years ago, after having dinner with some friends in Shibuya, I was going towards the JR station to head back to the homestead when I decided to pop into BicBic. Low and behold there was the Sony D-EJ1000. It made all other CD-Players look like absolute junk in comparison. Heck, most of the CD Player still sold in the US weight 3 times as much, are 3 times as thick, and still use AA batteries. The sound quality on the D-EJ1000 is amazing and it's shock protection is superb. I know I don't use my adjectives sparingly, but the Sony D-EJ1000 deserves it all. It's the impulse purchase that I've been most proud of since I discovered coke vending machines.

Over the years, I've bought a lot of Sony merchandise. I know they have reliability issues, but their stuff just looks too good. However, since Wes bought his first Sony MediaStick MP3 player, I've been completely unimpressed by their MP3 players. Let's just put it this way, they suck.

sony_vaio_pocket.jpg Gizmodo shares some of their thoughts on the Sony VAIO pocket. They basically hit the nail on the head about what's going to be the main problem with the Pocket VAIO and what has been wrong with all of their MP3 players up until now. Basically, someone at Sony refuses to license the MP3 codec so all the media has to be converted into the ATRAC format. The problem is that the software that used to come along with the MP3 players for converting all the MP3s into ATRAC3 is absolutely terrible.

Anyway, the Pocket VAIO looks great, but there's absolutely no way that I'd use it for my MP3 player. For now, I'll just keep burning my music to CD to listen on my wonderful D-EJ1000.

Update: BoingBoing goes into detail why Sony is slowly screwing up their electronics.

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