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When HD-DVD maker Toshiba conceded the high-definition DVD format war in February, Blu-ray's backers may have hoped that sales of the Sony-championed format would see a big boost. However, while Blu-ray may have triumphed over HD-DVD, sales for the device have not exactly skyrocketed. An April 30 report from The NPD Group, a U.S. sales tracking firm, found that standalone Blu-ray players sales dropped 40 percent from January to February and grew a minuscule 2 percent from February to March.
Not everyone wants to buy a PS3. So why doesn't Sony lower the price of the Blu-ray players? Is it a question of sour grapes? Does the ghost of Betamax haunt Sony? Was VHS any better? (Actually, Beta was better, but not everyone could afford a Trinitron to be able to see the difference.) Remember, Sony's first CD player could only play one disc at a time, and they gave you the first CD. The unit cost about $600 (US) in 1984.