I have often complained about Sony Corporation (but never on this blog mind you) and their attempts to dictate things in the consumer world. Their efforts are failing and they're losing a lot of money now.
Here's a great blog entry about it.
They do the same in the broadcast world. For example, Sony makes their own line of Production Switchers used in TV control rooms and mobile trucks. But as of late, many stations and mobile companies are pulling out their Sony switchers for more user-friendly Grass Valley switchers. Grass Valley actually consults Technical Directors/Vision Mixers and gets their input where Sony lets their engineers make all the decisions and they tend to do things against the way TDs need.
They need a shakeup.