Sony Says It Should Have Been More Open… But It Said That In 2005 Too
from the actions,-not-words... dept
There’s a bunch of buzz around a recent interview with Sony’s CEO Howard Stringer, where he admits that Sony should have gone with an “open” music solution from early on, and if it had done so, how it could have “beaten Apple.” Sure, those sorts of quotes sound great… but it’s action that matters.
Because… it was nearly four and a half years ago when we wrote about top Sony exec Ken Kutaragi saying almost the exact same thing. He talked about how Sony made a huge mistake focusing on proprietary formats and DRM and how the company was going to change and focus on more open and free solutions rather than limited DRM-encumbered solutions.
And what happened?
Not much. Sony kept DRM with things like ATRAC for three more years and continued to use DRM in a variety of different settings, including the very famous case of Sony subsidiary Sony BMG putting rootkit DRM on music CDs (which occurred months after Kutaragi’s original point that Sony needed to move away from DRM).
So… consider us skeptical that Stringer’s comments are meaningful. We’ve heard it before. If the company really is embracing a more open solution, it’s time to show people, not just speak about it.