Take This Dunce Hat And Go Sit In The Corner, Sony

from the you-never-learn dept

Sony ought to give up on its existing electronics businesses and just start making broken record players. Time and time again, the company's digital products have failed because Sony's made it a bigger priority to close systems and lock down products than to create open ones that are actually useful to customers. Despite the admission in early 2005 from a top Sony exec that DRM was holding the company back, the company doesn't seem to be listening: a marketing manager for the PSP says Sony hasn't yet opened an audio and video download store for the device because it hasn't yet figured out how to implement the DRM. Awesome -- instead of giving customers legitimate avenues with which to purchase digital content in a reasonable and attractive manner, they're spending time figuring out how to make the services and their devices less attractive, less valuable and less useful. So despite any supposed moments of clarity or business turnarounds from Sony, it's just more of the same. What's it going to take to make them realize that locking down content and devices so restrictively isn't good for their business?


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    Steve, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 10:15am

    Sony never had a problem creating products that record but that was before they bought Columbia Pictures. Lets face it, the only reason CD and DVD recorders sell so well is because of P2P and being able to burn a movie.

    You think with Blue Ray DRM that sales of Blue Ray recorders will be brisk? Many people make there own home movies but not that many. The likes of Sony will have to change people's lifestyle in order to make considerable return on Blue Ray. What the hell am I going to do with a recordable 50 gig disc if the only thing I can do with it is make a home movie?

    Locking down content and devices will be a companies downfall. We already seen the Verizon is starting to change it's ways with there phones. Companies don't make no money locking down content and they turn people away.

     

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    Simon, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 10:25am

    Can't compete with free?

    They're not even willing to try.

     

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    Anne Frank, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 10:57am

    No you cant compete with free

    I have a PSP and I have 'dev hook' installed. Why would I buy a shitty game if I can download it for free? NHL 2007 looks real good, and I will most likely buy it. If developers quit making shitty games, a majority of people would buy it. I own 2 PC games right now: HL2/CSS, FFXI. Both, I think, are good games. I liked them, so I went out and both them. I downloaded a bunch of games, and like none of them. I played them for maybe 10 min total. So for Sony to use the 'oh they are running an ISO loader, lets get them' they should be saying 'wow they have some l33t apps, like emulators.' There is nothing wrong with having an emulator/roms if you own the original game. I love playing NHL 93 for Sega on my PSP almost as much as playing it on my Sega. Fuck Sony. :D

     

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    Lay Person, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:02am

    Done before...

    I remember when Apple was completely proprietary.

    Now their kernel is Linux and their chipset is Intel.

    Isn't there something Sony can learn from this?

    Proprietary is not necessarily better and may even be more of a burden than any benefit of assuming control.

    Apple has tried for years to outdo what was already available and successful for many other manufacturers. If something is clearly better, why go a different route? Necessity drives innovation and usually not profit.

    The innovative providers of today are making a profit with existing models or very similar to one another. What is it that makes Sony think that DRM is a working model? I would like one successful example.

     

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    rijit (profile), Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:06am

    Sony shoots itself in the foot time and time again. Look at their new product, the Mylo. A device for playing music, movies, chatting, and surfing the Internet. Hrm, sound a lot like the PSP. So instead of supporting the PSP with some kind of download service they just continue to roll out products without any real support for downloads yet claim their products are exactly for that. They started that song and dance long ago with the hard drive attachment for the PS2 when they promised a hub for downloading music and movies, and didn't follow through.
    Instead of bringing out new products and formats (Blue-Ray) they should take some time to support the products they already have and make good on all their broken promises.
    This is why I no longer buy Sony products in the personal electronics area, they never keep their word and quietly break their promises and let their planned service fall by the wayside.

     

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    harry, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:07am

    agreed

     

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    bob osgood, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:26am

    I have had it with them

    I quit buying all Sony products when I found out
    about them putting rootkits on your computer when you play a legit CD.

    So far I have been able to avoid them completely. There is nothing they make that someone else does not have a competing product for.

     

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    haiku, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:28am

    Sony == arrogance

    Add to that Sony's arrogant attitude towards their customers ... come to think of it, maybe it's all about Sony's arrogance.

     

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    cb, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:33am

    They Just Dont get it

    Bob,
    You hit the nail on the head. As a retailer, I no longer will sell Sony products. There has not been a single item that I haven't been able to get from another source. The public has accepted with open arms. "Sony", "You just don't get it"

     

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    jason, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:33am

    Same here. I swore off Sony and the only things with thier name on it I buy are games for my PS2. After "Rootkit-Gate '05" I wrote them an email and attached some pictures. It went something like...

    Rant about how the Rootkit is evil yadda-yadda-yadda
    ...
    then
    ...
    Here's my 62" Sony TV, I'll be replacing it with a Samsung when I go Hi-Def. Here's my Sony 7.1 Surround system with all Sony speakers... when I upgrade it'll likely be Klipsch. Here's my PS2 and it's 30 games, I'll be buying an Xbox 360 this round. I took these pictures with my, at the time $800 Sony Cybershot, which I will upgrade with a Nikon. I'm in the 18-25 age bracket and have disposable income. I'm sure those other companies will be glad to have my business.

    Not even this will work until their bottom-line suffers to the point that they can't invest in R&D ... suicide for a "cutting-edge" consumer electronics comany.

    Sell your stock if you own any.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:36am

    Re: Done before...

    Um, no, you are misinformed. Apple's OS X is based on Unix, not Linux. While it may look the same, most forms of Unix are NOT open source and very much proprietary in nature. Furthermore, while the new Macs run on Intel processors, the other hardware is still proprietary. You cannot run Mac OS X on standard PC hardware. You have to buy proprietary Apple hardware in pre-manufactured form from Apple. This is the biggest reason why I will never give Apple any of my money, because not only do I not believe in supporting a completely closed computing environment where I'm stuck with whatever they decide to offer me, but due to the high cost of the R&D for that environment, I can't afford to buy the end user product. Apple has taken a step in the right direction, but they need to dump their hardware and make OS X run on standard PCs in order to gain back any significant market share.

    Back to the topic, while Sony may make good quality A/V equipment, their philosophy on DRM is pathetic. I agree that they need to scale back their business and focus on what they do best. A music store would not be one of those things, especially one with DRM all over the place. And it's obvious that's not what they do best because they can't even figure out how to do it in the first place. I'm all for an iPod killer because I am so sick and tired of hearing about iPods everytime I look at the news, sale ads, etc. But I think the only way to beat it is to come up with a player that rivals the iPod in terms of user interface (which is its best feature) and has no DRM (which is its worst feature).

     

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    Mike N, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:43am

    Re: Sony == arrogance

    It's either arrogance, delusions of living in their own fantasy world, or a combination thereof. Shoot, they're already making plans for the PS4 (source escapes me, but they're supposedly aiming to make it a downloads-only service...sound familiar?) as if the PS3 has already succeeded.

    Not to mention that it apparently doesn't matter that their precious Grand Theft Auto franchise is no longer a PS exclusive...

    To sum everything up...
    lol, sony

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:43am

    Like....

    Wal-Mart could lock their doors and not let anyone in, for fear something might be stolen.

    They could do that.... how long would they last? lol

    Same logic here.

     

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    lar3ry, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:44am

    Re: Done before...

    Apple's kernel is based on the microkernel Mach, and based on the BSD version of Unix. Linux is based on the mammoth Linux kernel, which has no relation to Mach.

    Apple was able to succeed once Jobs came back because he had the company go back to its roots and its original champions: the artistic people. Try to find a graphics design house without an Apple computer.. it's difficult, and this was from before the Intel transition.

    Apple also uses DRM and has it incorporated in QuickTime and iTunes software products (for Windows and Mac OS X), as well as the iPod. However, all three products can just as easily play unprotected MP3 or MPEG files as well. I know a number of people with iPods that use it as an MP3 player who are a bit confused abuot the entire DRM issue.

    DRM isn't what makes the iPod worthwhile. It makes a lot of music available for it legitimately (as the RIAA would define "legitimate") through iTunes.

    The iPod (and iTunes and QuickTime) also plays unprotected MP3 and MPEG (and other) files, which allows it to play stuff you rip for yourself (from a CD or DVD, for example).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:48am

    Re: Re: Done before...

    Actually, the OSX kernel is a modified 4.2 BSD/Mach hybred. The 4.2 code line is open source-like, based on the BSD license, which is actually less-restrictive in some ways than the GNU license.

     

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    Dave Reed, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:49am

    short-term problem

    This is reality. If Sony doesn't figure it out , they'll go bankrupt because we'll all buy our stuff from someone else.

    It's not complicated: sell what what people want or someone else will.

     

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    BillDivX, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 11:52am

    Apple good example

    Look how much market share apple has grabbed up since moving to more open standards.

    I think somebody somewhere in this mess has forgotten that Intellectual Property is not nearly important to a business, as some other things. Say, market share? or public opinion?

    I have been boycotting sony for about a year now. I won't buy their crap anymore. The only thing of theirs I really couldn't do without, were a few CDs, particularly, system of a down. I just downloaded a ripped copy, and mailed the band $25 dollars with an anonymous letter explaining the situation. I think that proves my point that my actions are for the principal, not just to avoid spending money. when I feel the money is earned, I will try to see that it is recieved.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:05pm

    Jason has the right attitude, and I'd like to know when he puts all that stuff on ebay; lets face it, Sony makes some good stuff.

    Question: How much does our need drive the market?

    Sony can afford to make mistakes, it shouldn't be surprising they want to find out how much control they can have. Apple has survived, and you'll never find one in my home, but I made my mom get one because she never has to call me for any help.

    There's a niche for most products, and Sony can afford to find and create new ones, even with ideas we consider lame.

     

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    chris, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:07pm

    Sony becomes Shoddy

    Sony has completely lost their way as far as I'm concerned. Besides their arrogance on DRM, they seem to rely too much on the Sony reputation for quality products. I've long been a customer, especially of their audio equipment, but recently purchased a LCD television that has been an on-going nightmare (set was replaced once and the same problem arose) due to a control board design problem with their Bravia line. Customer service was a nightmare (the part required two months on backorder). I can't imagine buying their products in the future. Certainly the idea of paying more for their brand name is a lesson I've painfully learned to my detriment. I'll be curious to see what happens with the release of the PS3 (I'll likely go with the Xbox 360) if the product quality and poor service is anything like my experience.

     

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    High and Mighty, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:19pm

    Same old story

    Sony is absolutely obsessed with closed proprietary formats and extreme miniaturization (compact size) of their products. When you look at a Sony product (in general) you notice two things: proprietary format and a product focus on compact size (at the cost of usability in many cases). The former is a deal killer for me. I won’t support a company with closed formats. I’d have a PSP player now if it was more open. Same goes for the MP3 player. Earth to Sony – get your act together.

     

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    Snurfle, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:34pm

    Profit Mongers

    I just bought a $185 Sony DVD player.
    I tried to burn a DVD from a hitachi video cam of my daughter's new marching band performance.
    It won't play the DVD because of "area restrictions". (It's a region 1 player, and a region 1 burner.)
    After researching the error message, I actually downloaded some 'shady' software titles to try and get a working DVD.
    6 discs later, both + and -, still no go.
    But here's the kicker... my neighbor spent $30 for his no-name player AT THE GROCERY STORE, and it plays the discs just fine.

    So let's see... They encouraged me to buy several spindles of blank DVD's, download some hackers tools for DVD copying, copy protection bypassing, and region-changing; all just to watch my daughter play her flute.

    Now that I have all of this stuff, somebody explain why I shouldn't just start copying netflix movies!

    Thanks, Sony!

     

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    Snurfle, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:35pm

    Profit Mongers

    I just bought a $185 Sony DVD player.
    I tried to burn a DVD from a hitachi video cam of my daughter's new marching band performance.
    It won't play the DVD because of "area restrictions". (It's a region 1 player, and a region 1 burner.)
    After researching the error message, I actually downloaded some 'shady' software titles to try and get a working DVD.
    6 discs later, both + and -, still no go.
    But here's the kicker... my neighbor spent $30 for his no-name player AT THE GROCERY STORE, and it plays the discs just fine.

    So let's see... They encouraged me to buy several spindles of blank DVD's, download some hackers tools for DVD copying, copy protection bypassing, and region-changing; all just to watch my daughter play her flute.

    Now that I have all of this stuff, somebody explain why I shouldn't just start copying netflix movies!

    Thanks, Sony!

     

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    EECE_RET, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Done before... I think... Actually I don't kno

    Gotaa nit pick here... Sorry but it is totally lame when someone rants and can't get their facts straight! OSX's kernel is as closely related to linux as a platypus is to a crocodile. Mac OSX is derived from Darwin, the PPC port of FreeBSD and can trace its lineage from S.Jobs NEXT computer company and its BSD based OS OPENSTEP. The OSX kernel is based off the XNU Mach kernel, linux uses its own COMPLETELY different monlithic kernel. If you're gonna rant get it right. Geez!

     

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    PJ, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:54pm

    Send Sony a message with your purchase dollars

    The fact that Sony is behind the curve is not a surprise but frankly it matters not to me because they already lost me as a customer. Prior to the arrogance that Sony displayed when it invaded the privacy of its customers by installing spy-ware on its customer’s personal computers, I was an “ALL SONY” type of consumer. The Sony logo was on everything I owned in audio and video components, digital camera, camcorder, and yes even the not so successful Sonly Clie PDA to replace a long-standing relationship with Palm.

    Recent consumer electronics purchases include an 8MPdigital camera, a portable DVD player, a 60 GB Video iPod, and a 52” HDTV none of which have a Sony logo. I’m voting with my wallet and the vote is not for Sony. By the way, freedom from proprietary, locking technologies like Memory Sticks feels pretty good too!

     

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    EECE_RET, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 12:58pm

    Re: Sony becomes Shoddy

    To hell with the PS3, after the quality issues with their optical drives in the PS2 (my house has gone through 5.. yes 5 PS2's I even built a pedestal/enclosure to minimize dirt/dust from entering the unit and they still refuse to play ANY media after a mere year of use. I don't plan on EVER buying a PS again (except when GT5 comes out... What can I say I'm an addict!)

     

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    BigEd, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:06pm

    I Like that saying.....

    "Sony", "You just don't get it". This could be a saying for one of their competitors on a commercial.

    If it's locked down, we won't buy it. And this is the word of the buying public.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:07pm

    Re: Re: Done before... I think... Actually I don't

    Noone cares.

    OSX is made from UNIX and Linux calls itself a UNIX clone.

    The "fact" that osx was bsd and bsd = unix & unix ! linux is irrevelant. Noone cares. Linux calls itself unix and osx is called unix by others. to the general masses that makes osx and linux closely enough related to say they are the same to them. And thats just plain good enough to them.

     

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    BigEd, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:07pm

    I Like that saying.....

    "Sony", "You just don't get it". This could be a saying for one of their competitors on a commercial.

    If it's locked down, we won't buy it. And this is the word of the buying public.

     

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    shane, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:10pm

    Wait!!!!!!!
    Sony just introduced a new phone/gadget/movie/thing
    called mylo. it's gona use skype on wifi, play mpg4, music, and lots of other fun things...


    I think they are changing things... Maybe all their levels aren't working togeather but this thing looks cool.
    btw i have a psp and love it, i wish i could record on umd but i have a couple 2 gig memory sticks i am able to do everything else i want. I'm satisfied with parts of sony. Some of their tv's are nice too. Pricy but nice. Personally i'm saving for one now.

    Sony Mylo source:
    http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/first-look-sony-mylo

     

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    Fed-Up, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:11pm

    This is a very old story

    The last thing I bought from Sony was a Bata Max VCR. It had a superior picture quality to VHS and Sony promised that it would cut a deal with all the motion picture studios to support the format…well we know how that turned out. If the consumer can’t get the videos, music or games they want to use, in the format they have, the life span of the product is reduced to the time it takes to buy something that will.
    That’s the last time I bought into Sony’s lies.

     

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    big dog, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:13pm

    Re:

    I no longer buy anything Sony, and share my reasons with everyone I know.

     

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    Ben, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:15pm

    Re: Done before...

    Just a heads up, Apple kernel is Unix based, not Linux.

     

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    thor, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:20pm

    Sony is simply the "Apple" of the IBM world and now that Apple is going to Intel, Sony is going to have to move over.

     

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    YouKnowNothing, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:22pm

    Re:

    Yes the Mylo looks pretty nice, except for one GLARING mistake:

    No hard drive.

    Give the Mylo an 20 gig (hell, even a 10 gig) HDD and I'd buy one today. 1 gig memory sticks just won't cut it for all the movies, music, and pictures I want to take on my next vacation.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid, Sony. Pure Stupidity.

     

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    Monsuco, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:26pm

    Re: Done before...

    I remember when Apple was completely proprietary.

    Now their kernel is Linux and their chipset is Intel.


    Apple uses a tweeked BSD as it's kernel. It cannot use Linux as linux is avalible under the GPL and that would mean OSX would have to be GPLed. I have actually heard Darwin as far as kernals go lags behind the Linux kernel or the standard BSD kernel. Apple still smothers everything with propriatary vernder lock-in. Sony's digital restrictions managment is their own form of vender lock-in. Sony has lost a lot of buisness over the years due to this. Sony will continue to fail. The HD-DVD format will probably win unless sony sucessfully sacrifices the PS3 to push blueray. HD-DVD also uses DRM, but Toshiba is less likely to want to lock up everything than sony

     

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    Liar, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:33pm

    Last word on OSX

    What are you all talking about? Everyone knows OSX is based on an early version of Windows 3.1

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:40pm

    Sony

    I still like sony electronics products. I think their TV's have the best picture quality. So Na, Na, Na.

     

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    still shane, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re:

    well then don't buy it. the reason i posted is to show that i believe maybe sony is going in the right direction.
    Not to sell it to you.

    if you really need 20 gigs for movies maybe you can take a usb portable hard drive, rig a battery supply and just till your heart's content.
    Personally i have just over 2.75 gigs and that's 417 songs and 1.2 days of music. Maybe you don't need as much as you think. Unless youare a dj>>>>

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 2:15pm

    I recently spent $45 on an mp3 player (a "Coby", a no-name) that takes SD/MMC cards + has 256M built in. I plugged it in to my PC, didn't install any of its included software, and PC recognized it as a removable drive. It works great, and no proprietary formats. It just works exactly as advertised. I love it.

     

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    James, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 3:03pm

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    Exactly. Wal-Mart wouldn't make money if its doors stayed closed and they had one line in, and you told them what you want, and they get it for you. Wal-Mart has to let its customers walk around the stock to see whatthey want; Sony needs to allow customers to "walk" around as well

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 3:11pm

    Re:

    "Lets face it, the only reason CD and DVD recorders sell so well is because of P2P and being able to burn a movie."

    holy fuck what planet are you on??!! O_o

     

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    Boris Jacobsen, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 3:56pm

    Own 1 Sony product...

    Oh dear... I have a Sony camcorder.

    Well - I don't use it very often.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 4:08pm

    Re: Own 1 Sony product...

     

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    Wizard Prang, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 4:11pm

    Rubbish

    "the only reason CD and DVD recorders sell so well is because of P2P and being able to burn a movie"

    Ah, the old "Burners-are-only-used-for-piracy" ploy.

    So those who use it to make legal backups of their own disks, or burn legally-downloaded DVDs or store system images or file backups don't count..?

    I don't think so.

     

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    Wizard Prang, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 4:17pm

    Beautifully put.

    That, in a nutshell, is why DRM does not work.

     

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    Wizard Prang, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 4:24pm

    Congratulations...

    ...you're in a minority of... er... one! So na na etc...

    Seriously though, Sony used to make great hardware; then they got greedy and stated trying to force proprietary formats down our throats in an attempt to lock us in to their products.

    I am sure that they make good TVs (look ma - no apostrophe!), but if they could make a proprietary TV, I am sure that they would.

     

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    Limerat, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 4:42pm

    Re: Sony == arrogance

    It sure is for me...
    The rootkit, however,was the last straw.

     

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    John Q Public, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 5:16pm

    C'mon now...

    The only reason I own burned CDs and DVDs is because the originals aren't mine. the only reason I have burned CDs and DVDs is because I didn't want to lend out the originals.

    Backups my ass, I probably have a dozen or so CDs that are compilations or whatever, but please, we burn to save $$$.

    BTW -- more than once I've gone out and bought the original because it was worth it.

    Sony has a right to try what they want, and we have a right to say F U Sony, that rootkit was bullshit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 5:23pm

    Re: C'mon now...

    "Sony has a right to try what they want"

    No, but almost. Sony does not have a right to put rootkits on their music cds. That is illegal. that is specifically (sp) NOT a right Sony has. Nor does anyone else.

    Sony has a right to legally try what they want.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 5:50pm

    Simply put...

    Sony has a long history of trying to control the markets it has been in (good business sense when properly applied). Unfortunately they are slipping on the quality that originally earned them a good name, and they have repeatedly shown that they don't care about the consumer.

    When they put control over their product as a higher priority than quality then you get a product that is crap. I think they put quality over control with the PSP (except the crap UMD format) but then you have hacks all over the place for it from day 1.

    I personally will never buy a PSP (I finally got a DS a week ago and it was only after playing a demo of the New Mario game) and I plan on going with the Wii in the next round of the console wars (partly because I have kids, mostly for the Nintendo only licenses). There is a company that kept their head on straight and maintained a closed format at the same time. They may have come in third in the current round but they stayed in the game. If only the Dreamcast had survived, and its even hard to find downloads for it now.

     

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    Bob, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 6:42pm

    I really used to like Sony, I have a older camcorder from them that is still working, and one of the first DVD players from them that still works great. But, now, they DRM everything they sell, and they have horrible tech support and make horrible products. One of my issues with Sony, I bought the $45 Sony headphones that were made for the iPod. I used them with my iPod, and didn't listen to them as loud as I could. One day, the left speaker blew. I called sony, and they said it would be $35 to replace and they would be refurbished. I went into Best Buy where I purchased them, and they said it was still under the limited Sony warranty that Sony said was expired. The Mylo, will be crap, like every other Sony product. Sony really needs to start thinking about the consumer.

     

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    Gary, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 7:30pm

    Sony has really fucked up lately. How is it that they are still in business?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2006 @ 10:15pm

    Re:

    the main aspect of their business is lawsuits - they're making a fortune from p2p companies (why bother licensing them and trying to make money when you can sue them for all their worth) and they dont need to sell products to consumers anymore, the just sue file sharers and recoup the money that way - its sort of like a compulsory license only with the courts as a collection agency !! ha ha ha

    rot in hell sony you'll never see a cent from me

     

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    Mr. No-Sony, Aug 10th, 2006 @ 7:13am

    Sony cracks me up...

    I just have to say two quick things:
    Beta vs. Vhs
    ATRAC3 vs. MP3

    gg Sony

     

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    Jim, Aug 10th, 2006 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Done before...

    Actually the apple is not based of linux its based of FreeBSD.

     

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