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So I found this article on Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6241053.html?tag=late……s;title;1).
I think it\'s really interesting. We have seen some news come out about some type of paid subscription that Sony is rolling out in the months to come, I would think this would be a part of that.
What are your thoughts?
it's definitely almost definite :P I'd like to see Sony release full details, though
Hopefully it goes better than when they put out the rebranded Walkman. Anytime any company comes out with any service that's supposed to rival Apple or iTunes I just cringe.
I would definitely pay for the PSN, as long as it\'s less than $5 per month. Beating Itunes is a hefty challenge though. I doubt it will happen. Most MP3 sales are Ipods, and most Ipod users use Itunes. And those who don\'t use itunes have amazon MP3, rhapsody, napster, and the countless other sites. It\'ll be tough for sony to get a strong foothold in that market. I wish them the best of luck though. (They\'ll have a better shot if they sell .mp3 format and have a database that remembers the previous purchases and allows users to re-download songs if they were purchased before)
Sony seems to have some trouble with online services… and just services in general. I remember a great conversation about a copy protected CD I had with their customer service. They told me I couldn't copy it to my iPod, that I bought a CD and could play it in a CD player. If I wanted mp3s I was told to buy the album on iTunes. And I'm still amazed at the way they run their video download service. I lost two episodes of a TV show before figuring out they wouldn't let you re-download your purchases. That kept me a semi-loyal customer to the XBox service instead, they do let you re-download TV shows. My HDD is valuable!
But past experiences aside, it does seem like a no brainer for Sony to knock this one out the park. I mean they have the resources in the music business, in the movie business, in the TV business, in the elctronic business and in the gaming business! Of all the major players in online distribution they seem to have the best backing for these sorts of ventures. Who would've thought Apple would've ended up being the market leader? They seemed least likely, and MS doesn't seem much better. Maybe Sony just has too many masters with everyone needing their cut. Hopefully they finally sort it out and get it right! I'm not much one for a subscription service but I'm eager to see someone give Apple some real competiion. I'm itching to get an MP3 player that does what my iPod does… but isn't an iPod!
I'm unlikely to use it. (besides, I'm Canadian and Sony has a fear of selling us media, so we probably won't get it anyway)
I never really got into iTunes. We have a number of iPods but I just used some third party tools to fill them up, from music ripped from CD. I've found it hard to find more than 5-6 GB of music that I want to listen to.
Right now I use a PSP for music, it's great. Stuff your music in the right folder and you are done.
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