Monday, August 27th 2012

Sony Leaving PC Optical Drive Business

Sony is reportedly shutting down Optiarc Inc., its subsidiary which deals with PC optical drives. The move could mark the company's exit from PC optical drive business, including its PC Blu-ray drive business. It is reported that officials at Sony find "fierce competition" responsible for lower than viable pricing, forcing the business to operate at a loss. Sony plans to wind up Optiarc by March 2013, and give some of its 400 employees early retirement, while transferring some to other divisions of Sony.

Source: Engadget
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40 Comments on Sony Leaving PC Optical Drive Business

#1
erocker
Optical is dead. Granted I have a USB optical drive just in case, just as I had a spare floppy drive just in case at one point.
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#2
Steevo
Sony drives were crap for the most part anyway. Much like LiteOn.
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#3
Isenstaedt
by: TheMailMan78
Plus I like to burn MP3 CD's for my car once in a while.
But most cars have iPod or USB ports nowadays.
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#4
Widjaja
by: Steevo
Sony drives were crap for the most part anyway. Much like LiteOn.
I guess it depends on luck.
My Lite-On PATA drive is still going strong although it is by far the loudest drive ever.
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#5
tacosRcool
My Pioneer blu ray burner is pretty awesome.
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#6
popswala
I ain't gonna shed one tear over this. Never been a fan of Sony. I never bought any of there stuff other then maybe a walkman back in the olden days lol.
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#7
1c3d0g
by: FreedomEclipse
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as far as respect for employee's go, you obviously havent heard of how foxconn and apple treat their factory staff.
Japan != China. :rolleyes:
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#8
Steevo
by: Widjaja
I guess it depends on luck.
My Lite-On PATA drive is still going strong although it is by far the loudest drive ever.
I haven't used PATA in years. I know of some that still may be working, and I will have to check what the last known 52X CD drive's brand is.
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#9
STCNE
I had a sony drive and it was louder than a stock CPU cooler on full blast. Good riddance. I'm probably one of the few who still frequently use the optical drive being a music collector so it is a bit worrying seeing people leaving the industry. There are much better drives out there. It gives me more freedom with gaming too, when I'm a year or two late to a game I can usually just get the disc for $2-5 off amazon though I buy most of my games on STEAM. ;)
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#10
babdi
by: TheMailMan78
Yes because all US companies are the same. Just like all Asian men have small peckers........oh wait that's a stereotype? Naaaaaa
The population is max in asia. They sure know how to use them eh:roll:
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#11
hardcore_gamer
by: babdi
The population is max in asia. They sure know how to use them eh
spraying from outside ?:roll:
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#12
Prima.Vera
by: erocker
Optical is dead. Granted I have a USB optical drive just in case, just as I had a spare floppy drive just in case at one point.
Faar, far from it. I prefer buying music CDs instead of crappy compressed .mp3. Also Bluray movies are getting cheaper and wider spread. And how about installing the OS? As far as I know all new OSes are coming on DVDs. Don't forget about the backup also...


by: FreedomEclipse

as far as respect for employee's go, you obviously havent heard of how foxconn and apple treat their factory staff.
Yeah, Japan, China, same $hit. Asians right? :banghead::banghead::shadedshu
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#14
niko084
Huh, you guys have odd results with these...

Since I stopped selling Liteon and Samsung and moved to Optiarc drives, I have had so few failures it has made a measurable impact on my stores profits. But I still love them, because they never fail for me and they are some of the best burners available.

I actually don't know what I will use... But it better have an NEC chipset.
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#15
zenlaserman
hey Sony - don't let the door hit you where the knifehand split ya! ------------>

Good riddance. :rockout:
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