Sony dropping out support for older Walkman owners

In August, Sony announced that it will stop providing its own music store service Connect in the United States, Canada and Europe by march 2008, and that all new Walkman players will be useable with Windows Media stores, and that it would be possible to transfer songs from any software program you would like to use.

The new walkmans that will be released in some days, are already ready for the open platform Sony has made the transition to.

Today, Sony announced by mail that there won't be a firmware update for Walkmans currently released, which are still built for the online Connect store. For owners of any older Walkman this means that they won't have any opportunity to buy songs legal for their players, except for premium, DRM-free services. Users have already complained that this is very unreasonable from the side of sony, considering that the biggest part of the new Walkmans is exactly the same as the old ones, except for some minor firmware changes.

The Sony Walkman user base already started an online petition which will be sended to Sony if there won't be a firmware update before the Connect store closes.

News source: In-house

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Damn does that mean i can no longer use my sony walkman tapedeck to play songs i downloaded from the net Bugga :disappointed: guess i'll just have to do with my mp3/wma cappable car stereo system then :nuts:

Should rephrase that. Ending support for older Walkmans??? uh yeah. have an old Walkman from the mid 80's, thought that support ended long ago. :P hehe

Wow, way to go alienating you entire current user base, good luck with any of those folks "upgrading". My sister has one of these little Sony MP3 players, if it worked in WMP I think it would be pretty cool but right now it is just annoying.

#13.1 Posted by Ollie64 on 31 Aug 2007 - 08:29

People won't buy new a new Sony device, they'd buy an iPod (or similar). So it would be in Sony's interest to update their install base or lose it.

Or not...