May 10, 2004
Joe Gratz gives a nice update on Sony’s stupidity, including its new Sony Connect music service and iPod-like device. Apparently, Sony’s hard drive player cannot play MP3s, WMA and (of course) Apple FairPlay-locked AAC. It only plays Sony’s proprietary ATRAC3 format; if it’s like Sony’s MiniDisc players, forcing consumers to convert to ATRAC3 also forces them to accept certain DRM restrictions. In related news, the Washington Post and New York Times both deemed Connect embarassing, noting its poor interface, proprietary DRM format and codec, copying restrictions … too many to count. I’ve been over this before (see earlier rant on Sony Connect) in some detail. How could Sony not have learned from the numerous music services that have come before it?