Originally Posted by FenderP
I think the consumers have spoken. I don't know any Average Jane or Joe - and I travel often - who has a dedicated audio device that takes SD cards. It's a niche market.
By that logic, just because sheeple around the globe buy iPhone's with no expansion, one would expect that the same would be true for non Apple fanbois...only that isn't the case....the biggest-selling Android phone (SG2, SG3, SG4) has had expandable memory for several years and is wildly successful with non-sheeple / non fanbois, who appreciate the benefits of expandability and (relatively) open devices.
It is EXTREMELY easy for manufacturers to include card slots on their devices. EXTREMELY easy.
The primary reason why the likes of Sony and Apple refuse to incorporate memory expansion slots on their pocket devices, above all else, is sheer corporate selfishness/greed. Security considerations are not the reason, since there are plenty of other ways to corrupt a device with rogue code.
A high-res DAP deserves high capacity. That's not niche, it's appropriate. High-res files take significantly more space, and why should a customer who is willing to pay a hefty sum for a high-end DAP be expected to limit their choice of music, on-the-go? If a manufacturer is willing to include high capacity as standard, and at reasonable cost, then OK, but Sony and Apple most certainly do not cover both those bases, because they want you either to unfairly pay through the nose for larger capacities, or upgrade when the next larger capacity device becomes available, 12-24 months down the line.
Anyway, I'm bored of debating this issue. The days of Apple and Sony's disrespectful attitude towards customers are limited. The sheeple/fanbois who are willing to pay to be handcuffed, just so long as the device is glitzy or fashionable, will not drive the market indefinitely, in an increasingly-competitive marketplace:
1) It used to be that small independent vendors couldn't possibly compete with the big boys (Matsu$h1ta, Sony, Toshiba, Apple, etc.) but the times, they are a changing! Just wait and see. The next 5 years or so will see huge shifts in the way firms operate, because those that don't truly serve the feature demands of their customers will begin to fall by the wayside.
2) As technology evolves, customers around the world become more and more tech-savvy, and thus more aware of when they are being screwed / denied legitimate features.
3) Sony and Apple are no longer distinguishing themselves from their competitors, in terms of technological innovation, to the same extent that they used to. This, in itself, will lead to their lofty positions falling more into line with humbler independent companies snapping at their heels.
I'll keep an eye on this upcoming Sony DAP, and if it turns out to be the high-end DAP Sony are capable of making, whilst not having certain features selfishly omitted, I might just buy one. My aging D-777s are wonderful PCDPs that pushed the boundaries of what was possible, without deliberately omitting features, and I'd genuinely love to see a return to that kind of form for Sony; they were products Sony could be proud of. Will they do that or will they choose the selfish corporate greed route, a la Apple? ...I wish I could be more optimistic that they'll prioritize customer features over corporate greed...
Edited by Mython - 9/13/13 at 12:51pm