Originally Posted by Leyor
I think some of the main arguments here are wheter:
A) Sony is pulling out of their retail channels in the US. Their recent clearance sales, plus anecdotial evidence posted on this forum supports this. Some of the forum members have called retail stores to confirm this. Do we have any additional information?
This is the exact opposite
of what anecdotal evidence suggests. The Readers are fully available, except the Black PRS-650. That has been a huge problem for them since December, but other models have not. Since there are three models, and a Red version of the PRS-650, which is available now, your whole argument centers on about 1/5th of the entire US Reader line.
B) Their accessories are being discontinued. Well simple observation on their website confirms this. Additional anecdotial evidence on this forum confirms it, I for one couldnt buy a proper cover for my 950.
Once again.... *sigh*.
I found every cover on Sony Style except the one for the PRS-650.
So, again, the evidence you are citing is exactly the opposite of what we are seeing in stores.
C) They arent supporting their product with firmware upgrades and fixes. Well they've released 1 update.
I thought this was addressed earlier.
Sony offered either two or three total
updates in the three years I owned the PRS-500. I bought the PRS-505 late, so I don't know their record on that. The PRS-600 received one update in my ownership.
And after the new Readers came out, Sony stated
they would not release updates for previous models. That lack of justification, and forced page numbering on the PRS-505 and PRS-600? You're stuck with those.
What this indicates is something that's been true for a long time: Sony sucks at software. I have made this point continuously on the forums. Their hardware design is excellent, but their software (firmware) support generally terrible... unless you own a PS3... but that's not very portable.
Another user suggested Sony doesn't do firmware on older models to push you to buy new ones. That completely sucks, but it makes sense, since that fits their track record from the very beginning of the Reader lines.
As much as it sucks, it's not an indication that they're discontinuing the Reader. It's just business as usual.
However since this thread does invite speculation and guessing about the future, it's hard not to draw conclusions when we see the level of attention other products are getting, and the above signs from Sony.
When you mis-state the above signs -- like you did -- then sure. Fortunately, two out of three items you listed are the opposite of what you said.