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Old 08-10-2009, 10:35 PM
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Now that the retail prices for the Zune HD are known, I have to say Sony needs to take a serious look at the competition. At $290 for the 32gb Zune HD and $399 for the 32gb X I'll be shocked if anyone else buys an X unless the prices come down. I've got the 16gb X and can tell you now, even without seeing a Zune HD that Sony's price is out-of-whack. Compare:

ZuneHD 3.3" OLED screen 480 x 272
Sony X 3" OLED screen 432 x 240
ZuneHD Multitouch
Sony X single touch
ZuneHD Web Browser to compete with Safari on iPod Touch
Sony should be embarassed about the X's web browser.

Does anyone here think Sony's prices are reasonable?
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:57 PM
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Now that the retail prices for the Zune HD are known, I have to say Sony needs to take a serious look at the competition. At $290 for the 32gb Zune HD and $399 for the 32gb X I'll be shocked if anyone else buys an X unless the prices come down. I've got the 16gb X and can tell you now, even without seeing a Zune HD that Sony's price is out-of-whack. Compare:

ZuneHD 3.3" OLED screen 480 x 272
Sony X 3" OLED screen 432 x 240
ZuneHD Multitouch
Sony X single touch
ZuneHD Web Browser to compete with Safari on iPod Touch
Sony should be embarassed about the X's web browser.

Does anyone here think Sony's prices are reasonable?
Nope....just like the PS3, priced outta sight.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:11 PM
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What do you think the right price should be? I want the 32 GB x1000 but I will not pay $399, just out of principle. I know the sound is outstanding, which is what I really want in my MP3 players (I'm not as concerned about video), and I really like the Slacker feature. But it looks like Sony really screwed up the Web experience, and with the Creative Zii (and Samsung M1) coming, they will have to drop the price to compete. Is $350 reasonable, or $300? They do come with better than average earphones, which is worth something.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:13 PM
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Sony doesn't see the Zune as the competition. They see Apple as the competition. As long as Apple's prices remain very high, Sony's pricing will also be high.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:22 PM
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Sony doesn't see the Zune as the competition. They see Apple as the competition. As long as Apple's prices remain very high, Sony's pricing will also be high.
I believe you are correct , sir!
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:14 AM
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lower prices? sony should have priced the X series way lower from the start but nah, let's charge out of the wazoo.

The only saviour for sony now is the new A series, whenver that arrives.

I am hoping for some kind of announcement soon, IFA is in early september so one can hope.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:35 AM
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Sony doesn't see the Zune as the competition. They see Apple as the competition.
That may be the way it looks from Japan, but from where I sit anything with a 3" or larger screen and WiFi is their competition. There are NO downloadable apps. There is no store. The www and photo apps are barely there. The screen is 1/2" smaller and considerably lower resolution. If Sony thinks the X is a Touch competitor they need to have their vision checked. Then they should check for dementia.
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If you guys think US prices suck, you should see how it's priced in Australia. Recently the prices have fallen a bit but 16gb is still $550AUD and 32gb is a crazy $700!!! This is compared to the touch which is $400 for 16gb and $500s for 32gb.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:56 AM
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Why is it so expensive for you guys over in England i just bought a 16gb for 165 and the 32 gb is 220 whereas the 32gb touch is 260 to me the price of the sony seemed very competative.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:42 PM
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I was probably going to buy one sometime in September but if X1050 drops to similar price as Zune, I might actually change my mind.
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:16 PM
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I waited until I could get a 16GB Sony for less than 100. Anything more wouldn't have been worth it. Samsung seem reasonably priced but Cowon are dear, too.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:10 AM
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Zune's prices are positive now. The Apple fans seem to be sure the new iPod Touch will be cheaper than the current one. I expect everyone's prices, particularly for ther 32gb models to drop. The Zune simply demonstrates what the lower prices for memory and OLED screens can add up to, and it's lower this year than last. Sony is an idiot if they think their Walkman X is competitive with a Touch. Yes, it has it's own unique features. With no apps or PDA functions it's at best half a Touch. The 32gb Sony should be selling for what a 16gb Touch lists for.

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Old 08-13-2009, 03:17 PM
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well in the end you are not paying for what is inside, but for the name, Sony.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:23 PM
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The name Sony to me has no more value that Samsung, Cowon, Sansa, or even Coby for that matter. In the digital age it's what's inside that counts. The X has some decent features. It's no Coby, that's for sure. By the same measure it's not living up to what the Zune HD has.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:49 PM
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The name Sony to me has no more value that Samsung, Cowon, Sansa, or even Coby for that matter.
you'd be surprised.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:22 PM
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The name Sony has no more value that Samsung, Cowon, Sansa, or even Coby for that matter. In the digital age it's what's inside that counts.
wtf? The sony name is known world wide for quality and slightly unreasonable prices (altho they are usually for some wierd and wonderful tech)! In terms of mp3 players, sony have the walkman heritage and amazing sq!
anyways, the walkman is only 220 32gb in the UK, which is 50 cheaper then the touch!
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:41 PM
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hmm 220 you say, is there any website that ships internationally and sells it for this amount?
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hmm 220 you say, is there any website that ships internationally and sells it for this amount?
i dont think so m8, sorry. I got it from amazon.co.uk... U can always try, i hav neva actually read th terms n conditions.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:14 PM
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well I need a new mp3 player since my current 8GB one is not enough but I am awaiting for the A series but I have no idea when it is debuting.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:58 PM
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Well since the wi-fi is totally useless on the X then one would be better at getting the new E or S series coming out. For more than $150 less you would get the same sound quality as the X but louder and with extra FM/voice/line-in recording features. This is a no brainer. There is absolutely no reason to get a Sony X at those prices.
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