List of Failed Products of Sony That Disappointed Customers

Ria Puneyani Ria Puneyani
Jan 9, 2022 6 min read
List of Failed Products of Sony That Disappointed Customers

Understanding market trends is essential for being a market leader and maintaining competitive tactics implemented. As a market leader, Sony has previously failed to solve these fundamental difficulties, resulting in a decline that has coincided with the development of other competitors.

Sony has provided us with some of our favourite devices, such as the Walkman and Playstation, but they've also released some significant disasters.

The Japanese corporation, founded in 1946 by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka, has shattered Hollywood, produced the robot dog, and revolutionised music, but it hasn't always been easy.

Sony has a long history of both successful and unsuccessful products. So let's look at some of Sony's failed products.

Failed products of Sony

  1. The Sony BMG
  2. Sony Aibo
  3. Sony Mylo
  4. Sony Airboard
  5. Sony Minidisc

Conclusion
FAQs

Why Sony failed?

Failed products of Sony

The Sony BMG

Sony BMG - Sony Failed Products
Sony BMG - Sony Failed Products

The Sony rootkit was a watershed point in malware history. It not only made rootkits more widely known, but it also taught media corporations a valuable lesson about how not to use DRM systems.

In 2005, a crisis emerged over Sony BMG's copy protection on about 22 million CDs. In the mid-2000s, Sony BMG surreptitiously put Extended Copy Protection (XCP) and MediaMax CD-3 software on millions of music CDs from artists including Celine Dion, Neal Diamond, and Santana to prevent music fans from making too many copies of the music.

The software was undetected by anti-virus and anti-spyware tools, was a rootkit that allowed other malware to penetrate systems without being detected. So it's safe to say that the Sony BMG was a massive failure.

Sony Aibo

Sony Aibo - Sony Failed Products
Sony Aibo - Sony Failed Products

The Aibo robot dogs, developed by Sony's Digital Creatures Laboratory and released in 1999, were promoted as "Man's Best Friend for the Twenty-First Century".

Their sales were remarkable, and they could go slowly as far as their batteries would allow. They could express a wide range of emotions, including joy, pleasure, rage, despair, and fear, playing catch and occasionally playing a song. Still, other than that, they were no match for today's robotic and AI technology.

The $2500 price tag was the key reason they were not purchased in large numbers. Aibo pups are still cherished by their owners, but the high cost of these robopets stopped them from becoming widespread and conquering the globe.

Despite its popularity, the Aibo was never sold in the United Kingdom, and the robotics sector only generated roughly $40 million to $80 million in sales. They were discontinued out in 2006.


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Sony Mylo

Sony Mylo - Sony Failed Products
Sony Mylo - Sony Failed Products

In 2006, Mylo, or "My Life Online," made its debut. This was for the demographic who wanted a tiny computer in their hand but didn't want to spend the money on a smartphone.

T-Sidekick Mobile's mobile phone was regarded as the most incredible phone at the time of its debut since it included a complete keyboard for text messaging, was linked to AOL, could access e-mail and MSN instant chatting, and had a digital camera.

Sony Mylo made an attempt to achieve the same. Even though the Mylo only functioned via Wi-Fi, it came with Skype software, as well as a Web browser and a chat client. However, they messed up once again with a hefty price, and the lack of a cellular connection hampered the gadget.

In 2008, a successor to Mylo was released, although the Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone had already been on the market. Apple's tablet was less expensive, offered far more internal capacity, and was superior in every manner.

Sony Airboard

Sony Airboard - Sony Failed Products
Sony Airboard - Sony Failed Products

There existed Sony's Airboard ten years before people were raving about watching TV on the iPad. The tablet featured a 10-inch screen and was connected to a base station with an Internet connection and a TV tuner via Wi-Fi. It could be used as a television display panel and can also handle Internet browsing/streaming video, e-mail, video, and digital photographs without the need for a computer.

The AirBoard could be navigated and controlled via a touch panel. The AirBoard Wi-Fi system employed Sony's Hi-Bit Wireless technology to achieve fast data transmission rates. Thanks to a picture-in-picture TV feature, they could even multitask. The Airboard, on the other hand, never gained widespread acceptance, and many people mistook it for a pricey portable TV.

Other elements that led to Airboard's discontinuation were:

  • The product's poor quality.
  • High price.
  • It received little publicity because it was never released in the United States.

Sony Minidisc

Sony MiniDisc - Sony Failed Products
Sony MiniDisc - Sony Failed Products

In 1999, Sony released the first MiniDisc player and recorder. Sony believed that this technology would revolutionise how we listen to music. Cassettes were weak and prone to cracking at the time, while CDs couldn't be recorded on, were easily damaged, and skipping was a problem when used on the fly in an early Discman.

The MiniDisc was an excellent alternative, combining the digital sound quality of a CD with the recording capabilities of a cassette. A minidisc recording, unlike a cassette, may be divided, merged, erased, and labelled after it was produced.

Minidiscs were, however, exceedingly pricey, just like Sony's previous unsuccessful ventures. MiniDiscs, which cost $750 and were out of reach for most youths, were a turnoff for many.

Another difficulty was that there were only a few pre-recorded albums available on MiniDisc because only a few record labels supported the format. Sony attempted to attract a new audience and target the proper customers, and it would have been successful. However, MP3 infiltrated the system and took over. There was no need to buy a cheaper CD because you could now purchase music for 99 cents.

During the 1990s, the Minidisc was popular in Japan and the United Kingdom, but it did not sell well in other parts of the world. After the advent of Apple's iPod, Minidisc's days were numbered, and Sony ultimately phased them out in September 2011.


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Conclusion

Like every other great technological business, Sony is always looking for new ways to develop. Of course, in the past, this has resulted in some disappointments, primarily owing to high prices, but the genuinely successful firms take those and build on them. Sony has been concentrating on delivering clients a wide selection of items at a fair price since its previous failures and has been successful with this strategy for a long time.

FAQs

What are the failed products of Sony?

Some of the failed products of Sony are:

  • The Sony BMG
  • Sony Aibo
  • Sony Mylo
  • Sony Airboard
  • Sony Minidisc

What are the famous product made by Sony?

Some of the famous products of Sony are:

  • Televisions
  • Digital cameras
  • Smartphones
  • Hearables
  • Playstation

What was the first product of Sony?

The first consumer product of Sony was electric rice cooker.

What is Sony's best-selling product?

The Game Station- PlayStation 2 is the best-selling product of Sony.

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