View Full Version : Sony launches Connect music service
Jul 6, 2004, 10:45 AM
Category: News and Press Releases
Link: Sony launches Connect music service (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040706104545)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)
Approved by Mudbug
Jul 6, 2004, 12:21 PM
Reviews have been uniformly terrible--and essentially just free PR for Apple. NYT quoted here:
* Nearly useless, lower-quality, Sony-only file format: 8TRAC (aka ATRAC3). Even CDs can only be ripped to 8TRAC. Only playable on certain Sony players--only one of which has a hard disk--and those players can't play MP3s or anything else. Neither can Sony's jukebox, unless you double-compress to convert your MP3s to 8TRAC.
* Bad terms: longer songs cost double, and only 5 real CDs can be burned and then you must burn to 8TRAC CD, usable only on a few specific Sony CD players.
* Very bad Store interface: lack of progress bars, and 7 non-customizable columns crammed into a tiny window that cuts off all the names and info--a window with huge empty space around it, and not resizable!
(At least Sony HAS a jukebox, able to rip your CDs so all your music can be together... unlike Napster which can't import CDs at all.)
BTW, MS always says that they are about "choice"--vs. Apple locking you into choosing among iPods (or having to re-rip). Well it occurs to me that 8TRAC and WMA stores are all FAR worse in regards to choice. Apple may (somewhat) lock you into using their players... but they DON'T lock you into a computing platform. The other music services lock you into Windows only. Even if I didn't use Mac, I'd still rather my music locked me into one kind of portable player... than into one kind of computer!
Jul 6, 2004, 01:53 PM
this is another misstep from Sony. how many times are they going to try to create their own media platform? they can throw all the money in the world at it (and they will) but these things aren't going to take off. it's not even that it's a bad service (as all reviews have mentioned), it's yet another format that doesn't even play on the #1 mp3 player. it's just getting sad, really.
and re: Microsoft. they're touting "choice" is about the most hypocritical piece of PR-spin i've ever heard. Microsoft offering choice? if you choose IE, XP, .NET, and WMA, i guess yes, they offer choice. theirs.