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Sony’s UMDs turn out to be about as plentiful as WMDs

A year after it launched as the tonic that might grow green cash on the bald pate of Hollywood, Sony yesterday announced that the UMD, or Universal Media Disc may soon be usable only as a shiny coaster. psp4.jpg

Yes, the Hollywood Reporter (free) and the Motley Fool (paid) both offer takes on why, but we’ll summarize for you in a single quote:

“No one’s watching movies on PSP,” said the president of one of the six major studios’ home entertainment divisions. “It’s a game player, period.”

We wish we could be all snarky and bloggeresque and say “Duh.” – but the truth is, it wasn’t such a bad idea. After all, iPod’s that play video are a roaring success. Why not make game players that do the same?

Of course, as it turned out, making a portable game console that also plays movies is a bit like making a crackpipe that’s also a salad shooter: Most crackheads just aren’t jonesing for Salade Nicoise.

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