I think there's alot of apologism here. I know there's some kind of investment in a brand, and we don't really want to be the "loosers", but there's alot of signs and unless Sony is in the middle of the most ingenous market strategy, where neglect is some secret strategy, we can all see where this is going.
Giving up the retail channels, discontinuing accessories and not releasing updates to their products does have the hallmarks of the end of a product line.
Sony had an incredibly lead on quality and technology, a lead that's being rapidly diminished by far cheaper readers.
The good news is, we all have a really good product thats up to date. Bad news is, it SEEMS to be going downhill from here.