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Sony Walkman Outsells Apple's iPod in Japan: Report

For the first time in four years, Sony's 30-year-old Walkman outsold Apple's iPod in Japan last week, the Dow Jones Newswires reported Thursday.

BCN research company, of Tokyo, released a survey showing that Sony's share for portable music players in Japan accounted for 43 percent last week, with Apple close behind at 42.1 percent, according to the report.

The company told Dow Jones that the increase in Walkman sales to a more diverse product line and lower prices. Apple's strong iPhone sales hurt the iPod's numbers because the phone, which also serves as a portable music player, wasn't included in the survey.

Overall, sales of portable music players are down in Japan.