Sony Considering Music Downloads for PSP to Compete with iPhone?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    CNet reports that Sony is talking with major recording companies about providing downloadable music for the PlayStation Portable gaming device.
    While primarily a gaming device, the PSP has always offered multimedia capabilities such as movie and music playback. The device, however, has been hampered by rather closed standards such as the Universal Media Discs (UMDs) required for movies.

    If true, the move would increasingly align the PSP directly against Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone platforms. Apple's iPod touch and iPhone have become a surprise success in the mobile gaming market leading many industry observers to believe that both Nintendo and Sony are very concerned about the Apple's early success. Anecdotal reports peg the iPod Touch and iPhone demographics right up against the PSP's. This direct competition could explain this attempt by Sony to further expand the appeal of the PSP beyond gaming.

    Article Link: Sony Considering Music Downloads for PSP to Compete with iPhone?
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Could be interesting but I'm afraid it's too little, too late for Sony.
  3. LukeW16 macrumors member


    Dec 4, 2008
  4. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
  5. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    Yeah, that's why no one is clamoring for Apple to add support for Sony's new-fangled Blu-Ray technology. :rolleyes:
  6. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    Oh you mean Blu-Ray is taking over the market?
  7. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    Regarding the last paragraph:
    I seriously doubt Nintendo is worried about the iPhone/Pod cutting into their game sales. Gaming with no buttons is a chore, nintendo got it right with the touchscreen/button combo. I cant see the iPhone/Pod putting a dent in psp sales either, if someone wants to game they are getting the system with God of War, Ratchet and Clank, and LocoRoco, not the phone that has Video Poker and a crippled Crash Racing.
  8. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Sony's OMG was DOA.

  9. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    I mean Sony isn't irrelevant. The PSP has been successful as a gaming device, as have the PS3 and PS2, and Blu-Ray won the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war and you can find hordes of people who want Apple to integrate Blu-Ray players and support into Macs.
  10. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    Can't see this being a worry for Apple. I've always been amazed at how the PSP never caught on against the DS. It has no chance against the iPhone/iPod
  11. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Sony, if you're serious about adding music downloading, the PSP Go! or whatever it's called had best have some internal memory. Even then, this seems like a tack-on that, while nice and all, is hardly going to shake up the market.
  12. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hollywood, FL
    Monkey sees, monkey does.
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE and own many Sony products, and I'm glad they won the Blu-Ray war, but come on - trying to follow Apple's steps a bit too late is just lame.
  13. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Sony is way behind the curve on this one. They should have had a PSN music store at the launch of the PSP or at least by launch of the PS3.

    Does Sony's different divisions even talk to each other?

    You would think someone at the top would say "Hey, you know we have a music label and movie studio. We should sell their content on our gaming devices." four or five years ago.
  14. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Yeah, I'm all for competition but no offense, no one can touch Apple's iTunes store (along with the App store).

    Apple spent years getting people to buy iPods and complement it with the iTunes store; this made the App store easier for people to catch on to as opposed to rivals.

    Regardless of cost differentiation (which I doubt Sony will try but its their only option), I still feel that PSP owners will find it easier to purchase from the iTunes store along with all their other media.
  15. tato123 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    While there are a lot of games in the appstore, I can't find anything that is more than mediocre. There are no killer titles imho for someone who wants something more than a time-killer. And my comment is independant of the ds(i) or psp, I cannot judge them since I do not own either.
  16. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Anyone notice some backwards stuff here?

    "OpenMG" = DRM = Not open at all.
    "UMD" = Universal Media Disk = Only on PSP? How is it Universal?
  17. thomanjones macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2006
    I have a DS with about a dozen games, a PSP with just about every game (relative got a 'package deal' in China), and an iPhone. The DS and the PSP sit on the shelf.

    It's probably just me though, and my addiction to Tower Defense games, which the iPhone seems to do better than the other two.

    Sony has missed the boat, imo. At this point, they need revolutionary change, this is just basic evolutionary.
  18. bnerd macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    So wait ... they want me to buy a PSP .. and buy their expensive memory sticks to hold all my music? ...... no thanks.
  19. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, except bluray isn't sony's. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  20. bluePeter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2008
    Sony should not do a "me too". Instead, they should realize that for Apple, iTunes is just a means of selling hardware. So, to one-up Apple, Sony should make PSx be compatible with iTunes, allowing the devices to download and play the media. That would negate any advantage Apple's devices may have, as based in the media store.
  21. aygie macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    Man you guys can be negative. The PS3 and PSP are fantastic devices. I use my PSP everyday to watch movies/TV Shows, and if you think the iPhones games have anything on the PSP's you are mistaken.

    Good on Sony, yeah very late in the game but competition is good and i would definitely be up for this as well as the PSN video store coming to the UK later this year.
  22. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    How is Sony going to do that when Apple will not allow any 3rd party players to connect into iTunes (It would require Sony to reverse engineer some code)? It would break the minute Apple updates iTunes. If this were possible, we would have another mp3 player offer iTunes compatibility (none do) Of course that assumes that Sony has any interest in mac compatibility in the first place. Its going to be another cat and dog race that neither party wants to engage in.

    Not to mention that it would be only useful for music. Sony would still have to get around video content protected by DRM which is another desirable part of the iPod.
  23. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Why would anyone think Sony selling music is like copying Apple?

    Sony selling music is hardly some big new thing. the PSN really does need music sales. They have the video sales covered - it makes little sense not to sell music too. I see a future where Sony/E phones also use the PSN. It's not just about the PSP.. A successor to the PSP will already be well on it's way, too.

    I welcome this, I buy my music on itunes but would happily buy some while say at my PSP or PS3, the PS3 is my living room media box and plays my itunes library remotely.. They already play each others files (non-DRM AAC) - presumably the PSP does too, I've not tried..

    Good luck to Sony. :D
  24. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    From that article:
    Blu-ray Disc (also known as Blu-ray or BD) is an optical disc storage medium designed by Sony to supersede the standard DVD format.

    I understand there's a separate association developing the standard (which includes Apple), but my point was that Sony is still capable of coming up with good ideas. ;)

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