Sony to ditch WALKMAN branded app – replaces it with “Music”

by XB on 2nd March 2015

in Applications


Sony Music appIt looks like Sony Mobile is set to lose the WALKMAN branding on its music application in the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. All of Sony’s press materials today for the Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 tablet show a generic “Music” application in place of where we would see the WALKMAN app.

We’re not sure why Sony would ditch the branded app – could it be to simplify what the app does to new users? Could it be to tie into the rebranding to “PlayStation Music”, which will replace Music Unlimited at the end of this month? Could it be to disassociate some of Sony’s assets in a looming break-up of the Sony Mobile business? There’s plenty of theories, but not firm answer. We will certainly miss it.

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Thanks Anh and Rami!

  • Chetan Reddy

    :'(

  • Stanley Lu

    So the square is still smaller and not aligned…?

  • Sergio

    Aw.. It’s true. I’ve checked the M4 Aqua in the video. It’s now Music :(
    Nooooooo…

  • Lukáš Pávl

    I hope they leave all functions untouched.

  • Um I still see the Walkman app here

  • And here

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Why are you and some people obsessed with this little detail? It’s not even noticable when you don’t look longer.

  • bao trung giang

    I wonder why? :(

  • kenobi

    New wallpaper is very pretty. Looks fresh.

  • Nadeer Suddoo

    Its not complete see lifelog is not updated

  • bao trung giang

    But here…

  • sonyguest

    whyyyyyyy ??????
    Walkman app was their best and the name itself made it unique . I wish they think about it again, many users wont like this

  • Sadman Khan

    I think they are reserving Walkman for the flagship PHONES. I guess.

  • bao trung giang

    I agree!

  • Amir

    Nah. music is likely to replace walkman in all devices. one sony.

  • xperiaDROID

    No, please don’t. Even if it’s just a “Walkman” name, it actually makes their own music player look and sound unique.

    Oh Sony, you really like to nail yourself into the coffin aren’t you?

  • Mike N.

    Why am I annoyed by this?! I mean, Sony Walkman. It just felt right, reminded me of the old days..

  • Diogo Simões

    I like the clock and the amazing wallpaper

  • Guest

    Maybe they are reserving the Walkman branding for devices that can deliver Walkman audio quality with built in S-MASTER, Z4?

  • WilliamTell13

    I don’t know why everyone is obsessing over this either. I kind of feel like the Home button should be a little bigger. It’s in the middle, and it’s the most prominent button that you hit the most.

  • Khaled

    That’s what I am thinking, maybe they are reserving the Walkman branding for devices that can deliver Walkman audio quality with built in S-MASTER … Z4?

  • Fiiliip

    Theme apk???

  • Guest

    Xperia Z4 Tablet walkman –> Müsic app :(

  • apal

    where did you get these screenshots

  • Serhat Ulusoy

    Xperia Z4 Tablet Walkman –> Müsic app :(

    ShiftDelete.Net MWC2015 Test Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuYTneZWt20

  • Snorky112

    do you really care if its called music or walkman ?

  • Diogo Simões

    The Xperia Lounge icon is different and I’m still trying to understand the Messages app

  • P9

    the name and icon is so unique
    so SONY feel

    WALKMAN
    I’m serious

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  • P9

    Z3’s

  • P9

    gsmarena

  • Marlish

    Sony is going to sell Walkman like what it did ith VAIO
    Plot twist- Timel buys it

  • P9

    fr gsmarena

  • Timel

    Agree!

  • Timel

    Walkman app is only for flagship devices

    Music app is for Mid-range and budget devices

  • Timel

    Walkman means hi-res music and for audiophiles but Walkman app is in Xperia Devices is just piece of Shit, its sound quality is never come close to Walkman player so I think it’s better to get rid Xperia’s Walkman app and move to PlayStation Music because these days PlayStation brand is more popular and stronger than walkman, Sony partnered with Spotify and re-branding their online music service is such a clever decision as well

    So I support them to merge Walkman app into PlayStation Music, because like I said the sound quality of Walkman is in Xperia devices ain’t great as Walkman player then there’s no reason to use Walkman name in Xperia smartphones and tablets and merge Walkman app into “PlayStation Music” app is something like Apple did with iTunes and Goole did with Google Play Music, one app that let customers to listen mp3 songs and lossless files or streaming music in one place, anytime, anywhere (of course customers can use offline mode) this is such a pretty smart idea and more easier to listen music, easier to remember the service!

  • Agreed. I could care less what they name it as long as I still have SensMe.

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  • Sergio

    So why would they include Music in Z4 Tablet?
    And also in the Z3 with Lollipop?

  • Sergio

    I’ve here a Z3 and a Z4 tablet that have “Music”. :|

  • spatch72

    It may be a drastic move, but if Sony drops the Walkman app in favor of a generic Music app with a lesser UI, the Z2 will be the last Xperia device I own. Walkman is by far the best Android music player and the most used app on my phone, and I don’t want an Xperia Z4 without it.

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    Yes, seriously. Walkman feel much more right than Music. It’s something unique, premium feeling about Sony software that other brands don’t have. Why would Sony do that? Why? Is that the reason the new Walkman UI look more similar to other generic Music players :(((

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    I think people would like the UI to be near perfect right from those little details. It shows Sony care about the firmware update.

  • Yes

  • Timel

    Walkman means hi-res music and for audiophiles but Walkman app is in Xperia Devices is just piece of Shit, its sound quality is never come close to Walkman player so I think it’s better to get rid Xperia’s Walkman app and move to PlayStation Music because these days PlayStation brand is more popular and stronger than walkman, Sony partnered with Spotify and re-branding their online music service is such a clever decision as well

    So I support them to merge Walkman app into PlayStation Music, because like I said the sound quality of Walkman is in Xperia devices ain’t great as Walkman player then there’s no reason to use Walkman name in Xperia smartphones and tablets and merge Walkman app into “PlayStation Music” app is something like Apple did with iTunes and Goole did with Google Play Music, one app that let customers to listen mp3 songs and lossless files or streaming music in one place, anytime, anywhere (of course customers can use offline mode) this is such a pretty smart idea and more easier to listen music, easier to remember the service!

  • so where

    Hey let’s drop the most powerful name in our branding portfolio. Yep sounds good guys……. How about calling it……….. Music.

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    And the lockscreen is just stock lollipop now. No fancy animation like before -.- They should have redesigned Message, Dialer and Contact icons

  • David Hvatov

    Fucking sony! What a shame! Timel was right…..

  • wedjat

    I think it is a part of the lolipop theme… music video photos… simple names

  • paul_cus

    Boo

  • roeshak

    Well the Walkman brand was just Sony mobile using recognised Sony brands without doing much to justify the name. A same goes for the rest like Bravia and Bion. the mobile versions were just pale implementations.
    The slow dusassociation of Sony from Sony mobile begins?

  • Jacen23

    I think it’s due to the Sony corporation split-up. It seems that the Walkman unit is now a separate company, so they’re moving through the new Playstation Music branding.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/11421246/Sony-to-hive-off-Walkman-unit-and-focus-on-PlayStation.html

  • goldenblls

    Doesn’t makes sense to me why they would do this. I like the Walkman brand on my phone.

  • Omarion07

    TBH I doubt Sony will use S Master amplifiers in any of their Z4 line-up. I know AndroidOrigin claimed that the Z4 would have the S Master, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen. Actually the Z4 specs will be identical to the Z4 tablet specs apart from a higher resolution rear camera (I hope Sony will use the new IMX230 sensor) and the display’s resolution (Either 2k or 1080p)

  • Shaktimaan

    Total b.s now…. Sony is on a self-destruction path here

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Agreed, I mean it was just a name but a name that carried huge weight. A name that is really a huge part of the identity of Sony

  • Amir

    stop talking and make fun of yourself. check things before commenting. don’t comment for sake of comment.

  • Sadman Khan

    Not sure. Kinda like the old days where the flagships and Live with walkman had walkman whereas the other devices had Music. That’s how it was before.

  • Sadman Khan

    Probably your most decent comment in a while. *claps*

  • Stanley Lu

    Because we are designers, and yes it’s noticeable.

  • Sadman Khan

    Umm….

  • Timel

    Walkman is in Xperia devices is just bullshit, Sony is on the right track now!

  • Kiwison

    Yesterday when I first saw HTC sense 7 my first thought was: “look at that Music app so boring, if someone who doesn’t know Xperia takes my phone he/she would not easily find the music player on my phone, so classy..”
    And it took just a day for Sony to destroy my dreams, congrats

  • TechGuyChris

    I think it actually hurt them. No one carries a walkman anymore. Most people think of Walkman as a 70’s brand not something that is hip today so people our age probably see it as sony still cliningin onto something that just needed to be let go. Im actually happy to see it gone cause now it will feel more ‘in style’…

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Well by Now you should know that Sony doesn’t care.

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Well then i guess you have trained eye. But how many actual buyers are also designers? 1%? Maybe you and some others are bothered About it But thousands don’t. I highly doubt that SONY will fix it.

  • Well, I don’t think so because if you guys watch the Z4 tablet and M4 aqua hands-on MWC, you can see it’s clearly still Walkman app not music. Maybe they do think to do that at first and then just realize that what they’re gonna do is wrong but that decision came late, not enough time to change the rendered video. Lol.

    Just my imagination, hope dream comes true. Hehs.

  • Wow. It’s very confusing :/

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  • Kabuto Kouji

    WOW….To me this is not good at all…. im affraid SONY is going down…. i just feel that it cant compete with Samsung anymore…. dunno u but the S6 edge is rocking for me guys….im affraid sony Z4 may be the last flagship we will se from our beloved SONY…

  • Matteo85_b

    why?

  • Khaled

    Let’s hope it gets integrated in Z4!

  • Omarion07

    I really hope so!

  • mUSICA

    a Walkman fone comeng out along with z4 so chill :p

  • Ram fickle

    I see you’re a registered user, now. Good for you, Timel.

  • en

    early firmware builds/prototype units that was sent to reviewers, prior to this announcement that got an embargo to avoid lollipop update leaks, picture proof (look at the date on notification panel)

  • kevlo

    This is android 5 beta..
    The walkman app comes with official android update ;)

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    OMG!!! OMG!!!
    They have also renamed “MOVIES” to “Video”!!!
    I am now worried about whether they are also going to replace “Xperia”. Replacing traditional WALKMAN is not acceptable by any means. so sad!!!!!!!

  • Battal Aljadei

    Finally, Sony’s realized that people know that app is a lie of the real walkman .
    Advertising a software as a hardware feature that’s a silly joke !

  • Micheal Archer

    If you actually care that much, use the Xperia Theme Creator and enlarge the square and realign it! :P

  • Raj Singh

    That’s so annoying. I’m vexed. I like Walkman.

    I cannot imagine the rationale for dropping the Walkman brand other than the fact that Kaz and his management team have no idea how to brand or market their product portfolio, including something as iconic as Walkman.

    Look at Samsung’s S6 reveal commercial. Look at Sony’s Z4 Tablet promo vid — completely underwhelming from a company that makes Hollywood blockbusters. They should let the Playstation guys make a commercial for Sony Mobile products.

    Sony’s management sucks so, so bad. It’s like I’m watching them break up and destroy the company piece by piece.

  • Raj Singh

    I’m with you. This annoys me so much.

  • Raj Singh

    Good point. I wish I had the ability to fire the entire Sony Mobile management team… Kaz too. They have some of the best assets but just the worst marketing department.

  • Raj Singh

    That’s stupid if they do that. Walkman should be available on as many devices as possible, including Android, iOS and WP10…

  • Raj Singh

    All my playlists are gone in less than a month. That’s super annoying.
    I hope it still has integration with the Walkman — err, Music app and TrackID.

  • Snorky112

    it’s not about competition, it’s all about customer’s stupidity

  • Raj Singh

    It’s their management team that has no clue how to brand their products. Compare the S6 promo vid by Samsung to the Z4 tablet promo vid by Sony, a company that makes Hollywood blockbusters. It sucks and will not resonate with anyone! Why the hell would anyone get into a pool and watch Spider Man fight Jamie Foxx? It’s a terrible ad for such an amazing product. They need to totally revamp their marketing department and management team. But they won’t. Instead, they’ll break the company up into pieces…
    So vexed. So vexed!

  • Alan Garcia

    =(

  • Alan Garcia

    the problem is that on the official website does not appear in either video out
    =)

  • Adjaero Pascal

    Nah, I still saw it in the Z4 tablet

  • Max
  • Khaled

    The app will remain the same, only the icon and app name will change, no worries..

  • Khaled

    Android Central got the details from Sony Reps

    “The new app name appears on phones running updated Lollipop-based firmware; older phones on KitKat continue to show the current Walkman-branded music app. Sony reps on the show floor at MWC confirmed that “Music” would indeed replace “Walkman” as the default Sony music player going forwards.”

    http://m.androidcentral.com/sony-retires-walkman-brand-its-built-music-player?

  • Omarion07

    No, it includes all Xperia phones including unannounced ones. http://www.androidcentral.com/sony-retires-walkman-brand-its-built-music-player

  • Omarion07
  • Orçun Bakkal

    you are right but it goes same with iphone they change the ipod name to music years ago

  • Itsarapong Intoum
  • Bunny

    nooooo Walkman brand is an icon!

  • Something that makes SONY special is that you call WALKMAN your player and not MUSIC PLAYER…it’s just…different….like Sony.

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  • hansip

    I think such removal is only to make it less ambiguous between all media apps (Album and Video). Walkman should be able to cope all of that supposedly. And maybe when you have walkman brand inside your xperia Sony wouldn’t be able to sell all that walkman devices. Seems legit.

  • jag

    WOAH… you’re like a different Timel. It is so mind-boggling. hehehe

  • 3rdflyleaf

    What the hell happened to “One Sony” campaign?

  • sb945

    quite agreed?cannot understand why changed to music

  • Z3 COMPACT

    this is best way to destroy yourself and company!! good going sony,
    first flatting all icon with material design then stock google ui instead of awesome sony ui and now this, whats next stock google camera and gallery app ?

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  • Anukul

    Because not every goddamn phone should be called Walkman. Walkman is special.

  • Mohammad Uvais

    @XperiaBlogTeam : Why you no Read information of this phone before posting this news ? Read Page no 8 of White paper of M4 Aqua Dual <Music<"Walkman® application"

    Good Day

    -Uvais !!

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  • jxPerience

    Don’t remove walkman, it’s the only way to be different to other android OEM.
    The rest having Music as their music player. For us Sony and Xperia user we called music player as Walkman. We grew up with it so we should live continuously with it. Dont remove the Walkman brand

  • AerIshida Day Dreaming

    Totally agree.. It is the only app i’ve used daily within this 2 years of using my Z1

  • Tinel

    How we can call this “One Sony”?

    don’t you understand? Walkman isn’t just a software and Walkman app which is in Xperia devices just a shitty software, Xperia’s Walkman app is just a generic music app, in fact, its sound quality is fucking horrible. So Using Walkman name with Xperia devices but without DAC/Amplifier built-in that means nothing but maketing hype and also means Sony is destroying Walkman brand’s image which means hight quality sound experience as well.

  • InspectorGadget80

    The VP seriously needs to be fired! And get rid of Kaz to replace him. Walkman app is their trademark this version sucks

  • spatch72

    I have a theory I don’t want to think about. Sony is preparing to sell the Xperia line, and they don’t want any other OEMs getting their grubby mitts on any of Sony’s valuable brands — like PlayStation or Walkman. They will slowly strip the Xperia series of all Sony brands and use generic names like “Music” for their media apps, and Walkman will be kept only for the expensive audio players.

    Again, I really hope this doesn’t come to pass, but what do you think?

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  • samioo

    U r right, but I’m annoying too cuz changing from walkman to music means erase my sweet memories

  • Sadman Khan

    They just made them more flat ._.

  • uliwooly

    Official Statement by Rickard

    http://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/WALKMAN/Walkman-vs-Play-Music/m-p/949191/highlight/true#M3334

    I checked the information and it says that the icons and home screen in the press release are for illustration purposes only. Our Movies app is also called “Video” on the pictures.

  • Mathias Cronqvist

    Good to see you’re still as fucking dumb as ever.

  • Robson Kanyama

    Sony bring back the Walkman icon and name. Please

  • Patrol619

    If they ditch Walkman app, then why did they update it to Material Design with new icon in the first place?

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  • hkaia tube

    many thanks for the amazing essay , i realy gained alot of info. that i was searching for

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLgzD-wOZhs

  • Walkman®

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Sony, what the fuck you doing? Walkman IS music, walkman IS MY MUSIC! Cmon!!!

  • 3rdflyleaf

    I get your point. That’s why I’m asking what happened to the campaign.

  • Dave

    What next “Playstation becomes “Game”
    pfft.

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    I just realised that this isnt new since the old 2011 xperias came with a music app over walkman from the box its almost like there reverting to it the one on the old xperias had an orange and white icon

  • Samuel Tan

    No, you are wrong. I tried listening music using my Xperia’s Walkman app and a SGNote 3’s music player using the exact same track, same volume, same earphones and both players’s equalizer are set to auto. Results? I found Walkman’s sound reproduction obviously clearer. But the quality is the same on both phones when using speakers.

  • Samuel Tan

    Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact has Hi-Res music buit in thou

  • Samuel Tan

    But still, I respect your point of view.

  • Samuel Tan

    In this case, I may not update my Xperia Z1 to Android 5.0 to remain the Walkman branding as I worry the music player may not give music quality as good as what Walkman gives.

  • Sanjeev Kumar

    I don’t see anything wrong with this change. Look at Apple that renamed its music app simply to ‘Music’.

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