So about - whats it - 1.5 years after it became *obvious* for anyone with open eyes on this forum that the Soundbridge line was beeing phased out and discontinued, there is finally a statement admitting that.
To make it clear, I am not disappointed about the product line beeing discontinued. I know the realities of life and when a product doesn't deliver enough revenue and the management doesn't see a fix without another major monetary investment, then it is discontinued. All else is suicide financially.
Also I know very well that it is not always the best hardware that survives on the market. Quite often the contrary actually. If the other companies have the better "connections" that sometimes is just it. Get real, thats how the world works.
So I also won't comment on marketing efforts and how well that was done. It's easy to criticise and quite a bit harder to do better when one is prompted to do so.
But what is really a big joke is this kind of communication. I mean, sure, the customers are usually not the first to know these kind of things. But come on, 1.5 years after it got so obvious? Are you kidding us?
This is simply a display of disrespect and neglect to your customers. Even with all the workforce beeing redirected to other projects it would have been easy to make a clear statement in due time. Too much to expect?
What is also a shame is that the Soudbridges are the type of hardware that could have a pretty extended after-life due it's existing user-base and their willingness to support and develop it. Think of the NSLU devices and such as examples.
But I doubt there will be a chance for this here as indeed quite some part of the underlying code seems to be covered by NDA's (such as the Apple DAAP implementation and some codecs probably).
And also here the company is very evasive to come clear and state the obvious.
Leaves only the question: How stupid does this company think their customers are?
Those who sacrifice freedom over safety deserve neither.