They don't have the same exact features...
That is correct. They don't have the same exact features. The BD-P2550 was an exclusive unit, with exclusive features for an exclusive retailer. The features are different, and that's why the model number is different.
<i>We're not talking about last year's model; Samsung didn't get the bugs out of the firmware until Jan 6, 2009. This is your cutting edge model 2000 series; the 1600 series has internet radio streaming.</i>
We ARE talking about last year's model. The BD-P1600 is a 2009 product, an upgrade from the 2008 BD-P1500, which did not have Pandora.
BD-P1000 - 2007 - Did not have Pandora
BD-P1200 - 2007 - Did not have Pandora.
BD-P1400 - 2008 - Did not have Pandora.
BD-P1500 - 2008 - Did not have Pandora.
BD-P1600 - <b>2009</b> - Does have Pandora
BD-P2400 - 2007 - Did not have Pandora
BD-P2500 - 2008 - Did not have Pandora
BD-P2550 - 2008 - Only Blu-Ray product that introduced Pandora in 2008
BD-P3600 - <b>2009</b> - Has Pandora
BD-P4600 - <b>2009</b> - Has Pandora
<i>And that customer, who's invested thousands in a home theatre system, feels that the manufacturer sold his/her right to enjoy the full capabilities of the technology acquired and has abandoned the model to some preset, inviolable, cut in stone, "can't change this" feature slate.</i>
If you wanted Pandora as a feature, it was available at the time you purchased the BD-P2500. In fact, the BD-P2550, to the best of my memory, arrived two weeks prior to the arrival of the BD-P2500.
<i>Believe me, Pandora, or some internet radio streaming alternative, is a "must have" for a HT system: You're telling me I have to go out an buy a new box to get it, even though the necessary hardware is alive and well in my living room.</i>
With all due respect, I'm not "telling you" that you have to do anything. What I'm explaining is that Pandora was exclusive to the BD-P2550. It was the only player in 2008 that included Pandora, planned and executed. It's irrelevant that the BD-P2550 isn't available any longer, that model had an exclusive feature, and was readily available for, I believe, no less than 8 months at the largest electronics retailer in North America.
If it's a "must-have feature", then that's the model that would have best fit your needs.
Invoking our tagline doesn't change the fact that the retailer had an exclusive agreement, offering one specific feature for 2008. I could also "imagine the possibilities" of customers who paid a premium price for the BD-P2550 suddenly learning that owners of the BD-P2500 got the feature for free. Those customers will demand to know why Samsung "ripped them off" by giving away the feature they paid extra for, or had to shop at a certain retailer for, or any number of complaints.
I can't change it, and I can certainly appreciate that this is an important feature to you. But I'm also saying it with a straight answer, with what I hope is conveyed with dignity and respect, as is intended.
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