It seems Sony is following in Creative's footsteps: the company is getting into the iPod accessory market with the U.S. launch of its first complete audio product exclusively for the iPod. The iPod docking station, dubbed CPF-IP001, will go on sale in the U.S. in March this year for about $250 and is already listed on the SonyStyle online shop. The device allows music from an iPod to be played via a pair of attached speakers and can be controlled by a convenient remote control. Sony decided to develop an iPod version when taking into account the needs of users, said Masayo Endo, a spokeswoman for Tokyo-based Sony. Needs of users? I would say Sony simply woke up and realized that after its 20-year lead in the portable music market, the money is nowadays where the iPod is, not where the Walkman is.
News source: InfoWorld