Friday, January 21, 2005

Sony 0, mp3 1

People have often worried that manufacturers will put DRM into their devices. I used to worry about this too, but then figured that people would just not buy devices that had draconian DRM in it. This seems to have played out at Sony, which has finally acknowledged that it's awkward and hard-to-use DRM music players don't sell because they are, well, awkward, hard-to-use, and allergic to mp3s.

I'm interested to see if this announcement heralds intelligent integration between Sony's content and consumer electronics arms, or if Sony's going to stop listening to the content guys entirely and start shipping product that just plays well with all the son-of-Napsters out there. I'm actually hoping for better integration, there needs to be more experimentation in that area.


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