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Sony to take on iTunes with \'PlayStation\' music site

updated 03:05 pm EST, Wed January 26, 2005

\'PlayStation\' vs iTunes

Sony will by setting up a global music download service under its PlayStation brand, according to Digital Bulletin. "The service, which is being developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, will enable music to be downloaded direct to the PlayStation Portable, Sony's first entry into the handheld gaming market, which launches in the UK in March. Marketing has learned that the download platform will initially be used as a marketing tool to offer PSP users free additional game levels and upgrades. However, it is also being developed as a download vehicle for other potential Sony products, with a paid-for music service set to launch in the UK this summer."




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  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PlayStation Portable?

    Who wants to lug their music around on a PSP?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No hard drive

    means limited storage for PSP music. And if you're downloading direct to the PSP, will music be locked to that device? And what about backing up songs to PC for safe keeping?

    Seems like a dubious sales pitch. It would be better to buy songs on the computer, and copy just the songs you want for the day to the PSP. Sort of like how the iPod shuffle is marketed. And the PSP will have about the same capacity as a shuffle anyway.

  1. MCCFR

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A dead horse…

    You'd think that having been beaten with a stick on several occasions, Sony would stop trying to create new ways to s**** up.

    Earth to Sony: Are you learning impaired in some way? Give it up, it obviously isn't working in the marketplace and offering music on a PSP to a largely male audience of teenagers simply isn't going to reach the same size of audience as iPod/iTMS and, even if it did, you're still not addressing the legacy CD collections that many consumers already.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    can you say...

    desperate?

  1. SomeToast

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Marketing

    "Marketing has learned..."

    Whose marketing? Who's Marketing?

  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yawn......

    Wake me when they give up...

  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Marketing has learned

    That comes from that big ole computer.. you know "Intelligence"

  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Can You Say Betamax

    I remember when.....

    Betamax ruled!

  1. DannyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pretty Sh**** Portable

    If you're going to get a PSP, the only thing it will be able to do really well (theoretically, as long as you don't over use the 'X' button and make sure you're close enough to an electrical outlet) is play games--nothing else. Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars on memory sticks.

  1. scottgfx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Can You Say Betamax

    I just watched Super Bowl XX from a Betamax. It has held up quite nicely these past 19 years. I'm going to sit down soon and watch Super Bowl XIX... 20 years old! Some of my tapes are old enough to legally drink.

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